Since the weather was rather cold and rainy we decided to pass most of the time away indoors visiting museums and having leisurely lunches and dinners. The first museum on our list was the Musee des Arts decoratifs. During our last visit to Paris the museum was closed for renovations so were very excited to finally see it.
Some of the true highlights of the museum were the Albert- Armand Rateau designed boudoir and salle des bains of Jeanne Lanvin. Because the rooms are enclosed in glass I could not take decent photos so I had to rely on the images from the museums web site. But in person they are truly stunning. A tour de force of incredible quality and attention to detail from the hand carved stone bidet to the carved plaster relief behind the tub.
Displayed in another gallery was an stunning collection of grisailles wallpaper panels. I loved the contrast between the colorful painting in the foreground and the muted tones of the grissailles panels in the background.
The faience figure almost appears as if it is stepping out of the scenery behind.
A beautiful corner of a 18th century room. I am drawn to the extraordinary mahogany bureau a cylindre set against the muted greens and pale yellows of the painted boiserie and the silk damask curtains. The colors in the period Savonnerie rug are exceptional.
A rare and splendid Cartier clock in the form of a Chinese gate. It is made from jade, ebony, and coral. Note the coral hands!
A 1921 chaise by Clement Rousseau in ivory, shagreen, and pallisandre, which is an exotic wood from Brazil.