17 September 2012

A Gem

I have wanted to revisit the Musee Nissim de Camondo on rue de Monceau as it had left a lasting impression on me when I first toured this intimate museum a few years ago.

 Once the private home of Count Moise de Camondo who was originally from a prominent banking family in the Ottoman Empire in Constantinople and then became a passionate art collector.
His life story is so interesting, but also very sad as his only son was killed in aerial combat in WWI and after his death his daughter and her husband and children were killed in Auschwitz.
Moise de Camondo bequeathed his home and its entire contents in memory of his son to the people of France and so it became a museum for all to enjoy.

 You enter the house from the rear as it was built to face onto the beautiful Parc Monceau.

 Although this is a fine example of a grand mansion of its day, I like the intimate feeling of it being a home to a real family.

 The library is an oval shape and quite lovely.

Looking out to the Parc Monceau.

 Another pleasing feature is you get to tour the service areas of the house which is quite unusual.

 The state of the art ovens and stoves dominate the kitchen.

 A very modern bathroom for the time. Sarah is listening to the excellent audio commentary.

Baths for body, feet and bits !

Another one for your Paris list ...

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