Friday, May 20, 2011

In the Nissim de Camondo Museum

Collector of 18th century art and furniture Moïse de Camondo had a very special flair for interior design. John and I were knocked out by his home. The ground floor rooms were the most formal examples of his efforts.
Every detail is perfect. De Camondo left his home and collection to the state in memory of his son, Nissim, who died in a flying mission in World War I. John and I were entranced by this gift. 
One can imagine the grand soirées held in this dining room.
The dining room is adjoined by the Porcelain Room , with its display of Sèvres dinnerware.
Moïse was so enamoured of his porcelain room that he often chose to take his breakfast there.
The kitchen was located at the back of the ground floor and equipped with the most technically cutting-edge stoves and ovens of the day.
A gorgeous spiral staircase leads to the upper, much homier apartments where the family spent most of their time.
Check out Moïse's washroom.
Moïse had many friends in the luxury hotel business. Their contacts outfitted his house.
The Master Bedroom.
We love the family library! What a treasure!
When we saw the Blue Room, John and I decided that we could take the second floor for ourselves quite happily. By the way it's called the Blue Room not because of the lovely blue rug but because the walls were originally painted a blue that has faded to a Naples yellow over the years.
And so we leave our little tour of this awe-inspiring private residence by the grand staircase and its gilt balustrade. Our visit to the Count de Camondo residence and museum has been one of the major highlights of our visit to Paris.

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