Decorative arts are inscribed with a special meaning and significance in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Located in the north wing of the famed Louvre, this museum gives the visitor a glimpse into decorative arts and its history from the Middle Ages to the present day. Those interested in décor and design will find the innumerable collections housed in this museum truly rewarding. Visitors on any Paris private tours can easily view this museum since their packages include the Louvre.
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs was established in 1882 with the sole intention of promoting decorative arts among the public. It is managed by the Les Arts Décoratifs along with two other prominent museums in the Louvre such as the Musée de la Mode et du Textile and Musée de la Publicité. The museum provides a rich insight into decorative arts by displaying them on specific floors and rooms depending on their period.
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs houses an incredible collection of about 150,000 objects related to decorative arts. The collections are diverse that not only includes furniture but ceramics, jewelry, glassware, and toys. About 6,000 of these objects are displayed permanently in the museum. The third floor houses the major collections from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance periods arranged across nine rooms.
Some of the notable collections include tapestry, gothic furniture, stained glass windows, and the Frieze of the castle of Velez Blanco. The third floor also hosts several collections from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, which continues to the fourth floors. These objects like commodes, gilded chairs, tables, etc., demonstrate the best of French design. French designs from the nineteenth century are also showcased in the museum.
Art Deco and Art Nouveau
The department featuring works from the Art Deco and Art Nouveau movements that were influential in France during the early twentieth century. The works from these movements are seen in the form of rooms designed using these styles. This includes a bedroom recreated from Hotel Nozal from 1903 and a 1930 recreated office featuring the streamlined Art Deco style.
Besides, these design movements the ninth floor of this museum houses an extensive collection of contemporary design. This includes furniture from the 1940s to the collections of chairs with a modern design.
Themed Galleries and Period Rooms
The toy gallery is yet another prominent attraction that has a collection of 12,000 toys used during the nineteenth century to the present day. Apart from that, there are various themed galleries that display the works of the French artist Jean Dubuffet and the Jewelry Gallery.
The period rooms consist of recreations or actual objects used in the rooms of notable personalities of France. This includes the gold cabinet of Avignon, Eugene Grasset’s dining room and the bedroom of a notable French courtesan.