10 June 2011

A Petite and Pretty Museum

Paris is obviously jam packed with sights to see and places to visit, some of which are a bit off the main tourist routes and some are less obvious than others.
This is the most appealing home of Edouard Andre and his wife Nelie Jacquemart. He was from a wealthy banking family and she was a well known society painter - they were both generous hosts, avid collectors and sophisticated travellers.

The house is situated at 158 Boulevard Haussmann in the 8th arrondissement and is a treasure trove of paintings, sculpture and precious artifacts. The art is quite extraordinary for a private collection and includes works from the Italian Renaissance by Botticelli, Canaletto and Bellini. The English group includes Reynolds and Gainsborough; French masterpieces by Fragonard and Boucher and Dutch 17th century masters Rembrandt, van Dyck - and many more ...
Edouard and Nelie bequeathed their home and its entire contents to the city as they had no heirs.

     The music room with upstairs gallery.
The couple regularly entertained up to 1, 000 guests in the large and elegant reception rooms.

The winter gallery.

                                       The superb double staircase

                                         Love the full length doors.

                            Isn't the wheat design on this chair  sweet?

                            The master bed and bath.

                                      Nelie's bedroom next door.

         A portrait of Nelie Jacquemart - a woman ahead of her time in all ways.

This delightful exhibition of work by the talented Cailebotte brothers - one a painter and one a photographer - was showing during our visit.

The paintings and photographs followed similar themes and represented their happy family life and interests beautifully.

             The photographs documented the period in such a fascinating way.

The children of France are so fortunate .... every where you go there are school groups learning about history in the most stimulating way.
Not just the good old trip to the Zoo !

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