Thursday, January 12, 2017

Thursday 12 Jabnuary - Musee des Arts Decoratifs

This musee occupies the western part of the Louvre building fronting on the rue de Rivoli.  We had no idea of its size and scope although it has over 100 rooms.  It is impossible to take in everything in one visit alone and after the special exhibit we started at the ninth (top) floor and tried to work our way down.  The range and scope of the exhibits was enormous and I quickly became tired.  The museum covers all aspects from the present day back.  The top floors covered the 20th and 21st centuries. It was bothersome at times to see such a large collection of inviting chairs but not being able to use them. The lower floors contained a large collection of clothes from the ages and made the point about what was acceptable in terms of the mores of the times. It was an exhausting visit with so many items displayed in close proximity to each other.

  Figures in wood and nails

Chairs, chairs everywhere and nowhere to sit. No mention of Ikea in all of this

Beautiful glassware

This chair could be mistaken for a toilet gone wrong or an execution chair

A large table in resin.

21st century item

Art deco
Although it was raining slightly we decided to walk back, stopping off at Costa Coffee and then the Marks and Spencer Food store near the Gare Saint-Lazare where we found a very acceptable Indian meal for supper.

In Saint-Lazare I found this blazon on one of the commuter electrics
Electric locoomotive 17054 brought in a trasin of epty stock into Saint-Lazare just after 1700.
Walking back along the rue de Rome I always enjoy looking into the many music instrument stores which not only sell but repair the various instruments.

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