Bon Weekend: Louvre Edition
06 . 06 . 14
Today I had the pleasure of visiting the newly renovated 18th-century Decorative Arts Galleries at the Louvre that just just reopened to the public. The Louvre was forced to close the galleries that were last updated in the 1960’s to bring them up to current fire and safety codes. Interior designer Jacques Garcia collaborated on the project with the curators of the Department of Decorative Arts and Michel Goutal, the Louvre’s senior historical monument architect. Pierre Frey also helped supply historical reproduction fabrics for the period rooms but the exhibition includes jewelry, porcelain, furniture, tapestries, marble, silverware, scientific items, and more from the reign of Louis XIV up to the French Revolution.
The results are stunning and the Louvre’s extensive collection of 18th-century collections are displayed to allow visitors a better overall experience. Pieces include gifts made by Issac de Camondo and items owned by Marie Antoinette. If you are an interior designer or just someone who appreciates the 18th-century, I highly recommend adding this to your must see list for your next trip to Paris.
Bon Week-end !
The cabinet turc room of “Turkish-style” decoration and furniture of COunt of Artois, Louis XVI’s brother from 1775-1785 was our favorite part of the galleries.
This beautiful little blue and gold room’s panelling, furniture, and objets d’art were from the hôtel de Villemaré- Dangé circa 1750.
This gorgeously panelled room houses vitrines of scientific objects and what looked like possible architecture tools.
Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic