Wednesday 10 September 2014

Finding Patina in Paris Museums ~ Carnavalet

Now, here's something that is long overdue. A few months ago I did a post on Where to Find Patina in Paris - No Entry Fees!  Since then I've been dying to share more with you.

So, here it is! This time we'll be looking at beautiful patinas I found in a Paris museum. Entry Fees were required to view them, but here you can enjoy them for free. My treat!

Musée Carnavalet

This museum is dedicated to the history of the city. It occupies two neighbouring mansions ~ the Hôtel Carnavalet and the former Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint Fargeau.

Even before entering the museum, you are greeted by nature's beautiful patina in the courtyard.

Once inside the museum, more splendid patina awaits you, as some of the pieces here date back as far as the Middle Ages.

One of the first things that caught my eye, was this angel plaque. Students of the FARRAGOZ Online Course will recognise it as the inspiration for Module 3.

A great many of the rooms are completely covered in boiserie -  paneling with trumeau mirrors worked into the designs and embellished with decorative ornaments and mouldings.

There are also wall panels of which the details were painted on, instead of ornaments having been applied.

I was rather fascinated by this fire surround and mantelpiece. Note how most of the detail on it is applied ornamentation, but along the side, some of the ornamentation was actually painted on.

As you wander along through the domestic history of Paris, admiring the beautiful decorative pieces that people surrounded themselves with through the ages, you find yourself grateful that these treasures, like this miniature model of a coach in a glass case, were preserved.

And this architectural model mounted on an exquisite base. It is one of the two copies ordered by the Comte d' Artois, to be given as gifts to his wife and the Dauphine Marie Antoinette. All the elements, clock, barometer and furniture are removable. The base is probably nineteenth century.

This museum houses a wonderful collection of antiques, paintings and objet d'art. There is so much beauty to absorb.

Make sure you add this to your To-Do list if you're visiting Paris!

The Musée Carnavalet is situated at 16 Rue des Francs Bourgeois in the Marais district and is very close to the imposing Place des Vosges, the oldest planned square in Paris.

I hope you enjoyed the tour.

Who's up for another one soon?


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