The girls are off to the Musée Nissim de Camondo which very interesting I have been there so I took the opportunity to catch up on the BLOG. I’m going to meet Pat at the Hotel De Ville metro stop a bit latter.
The mansion was built in 1911 by the Comte Moïse de Camondo
, a banker, with architect René Sergent
, to set off his collection of eighteenth-century French furniture and art objects. Its design was patterned upon the Petit Trianon
, though with modern conveniences. Both house and collections were bequeathed to Les Arts Décoratifs
in honour of his son, Nissim de Camondo
, killed in World War I
, and opened as a museum in 1936. More tragedy followed a few years later when Moise’s daughter and her family were deported to Auschwitz, where they died.
Today, the house is maintained as if it were still a private home preserved in its original condition. Three floors are open to visitors: the lower ground floor (kitchens), upper ground floor (formal rooms), first floor (private apartments), and gardens.
The house's furnishings include needlepoint chairs and work by artisans of the Garde Meuble Royal
(Royal Furniture Repository) such as Jean-François Oeben
, Jean Henri Riesener
, and Georges Jacob
. Floors are furnished with Savonnerie
carpets woven in 1678 for the Grande Galerie in the Louvre
, and walls accented with tapestries (many Beauvais
), and paintings including portraits by Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun
, landscapes by Guardi
and Hubert Robert
and hunting scenes by Jean-Baptiste Oudry
. Table setting are of particular interest, especially the Orloff silver dinner service commissioned by Catherine II of Russia
from silversmith Jacques-Nicolas Roettiers
in 1770, and the Buffon porcelain services made at Sèvres
in the 1780s with a bird theme. Other notable objects include a bust by Jean-Antoine Houdon
, bas-reliefs, Chinese vases, and crystal chandeliers.
After I met up with the girls we wandered over to the Latin Quarter, you know the place where all the tourists go. Shelley wanted Raclette so we selected a restaurant with raclette for Shelley, I had onion soup and Pat had Vegetable soup and Stacy the la menu, of onion soup and pasta. We then walked along the Seine and checked out the river side vendors. It was getting time to drop Shelley and Stacy by La Cuisine Paris for their cooking class. (French Hors d’Oeuvres & Drinks! The quintessential pre-dinner social experience as you create beautiful hors d’oeuvres and other small appetizers!)
On the way across town we stopped to watch a skater in the Hotel De Ville metro plaza.
We met them after class and took the metro over to Rue Montorgueil for dinner at Cafe du Metro where we always go for our burgers when in Paris. Next stop Trocadéro to watch the Eiffel Tower flash on the hour. Then we took the 22 bus 4 stop back to the apartment so the girls could pack.