True Paris Magic at Musée Nissim de Camondo

Tucked away in the southeastern edge of the quiet and serene Parc Monceau in the 8th arrondissement is a small museum that is, without a shadow of doubt, one of the most magical places in all of Paris.

It is a place to which I’ve returned time and again, and each visit induces in me a state of complete enchantment.

Musée Nissim de Camondo.
It is dix-huitièmiste’s dream come true.

Grand Bureau, musée Nissim de Camondo
Grand Bureau, musée Nissim de Camondo
Grand Bureau, musée Nissim de Camondo
Grand Bureau, musée Nissim de Camondo

Built in 1911, this house was intended as a showcase for the impressive collection of 18th-century decorative arts of the comte Moïse de Camondo, the patriarch of a wealthy Jewish banking family. When his son, Nissim de Camondo, died in combat during WWI, the father donated the mansion, as well as its entire contents, in his memory to the French state, and the house became a state museum in 1935.

Grand Salon, musée Nissim de Camondo
Grand Salon, musée Nissim de Camondo
Bonheur du jour with Sèvres porcelain plaques, Grand Salon, musée Nissim de Camondo
“Bonheur du jour” (the name for this particular type of writing table) with Sèvres porcelain plaques, Grand Salon, musée Nissim de Camondo
a painting by Elizabeth Vigée-Lebrun on the wall, a terracotta tabletop sculpture, two candelabra, Grand Salon, musée Nissim de Camondo
a painting by Elizabeth Vigée-Lebrun on the wall, a terracotta tabletop sculpture, two candelabra, Grand Salon, musée Nissim de Camondo
Salon des Huet, musée Nissim de Camondo
Salon des Huet (named after the pastoral panels painted by Jean-Baptiste Huet) musée Nissim de Camondo
A pastoral panel set in a mirror, Salon des Huet, musée Nissim de Camondo
A pastoral panel set in a mirror, Salon des Huet, musée Nissim de Camondo
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Petit bureau, musée Nissim de Camondo

The house museum, one of the most impressive of its kind, is chock-full of treasures from the golden age of French furniture and decorative art, and every nook and cranny has so much to offer to the visitor’s enjoyment.

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View of the garden

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