Louvre Decorative Arts Gallery in Paris
Dear Diva Readers,
t’s time to study abroad. No need to waste time at the La Sorbonne – it’s time to go study arts and antiques at the Louvre! I’ve always said that anyone interested in antiques should really spend time indoors at the museums in addition to at the flea markets so they can educate their eye on quality, but now more than ever I encourage you to take my advice! The Louvre has finally reopened its 18th-century decorative-arts galleries after a nine-year, $35 million renovation during which time this wing was closed. The project was spearheaded by who else? That bastion of French Interior Design – Jacques Garcia! But Monsieur Garcia didn’t make a dime off the project – he donated his time to the Louvre for the love of antiques.
This 23,000-square-foot space has 33 galleries, including 14 period rooms faithfully recreated covering the period from 1660 to 1790. With more than 2,000 objects spread over 35 rooms consider this the ULTIMATE LESSON in French Antiques! The Louvre’s collection of eighteenth-century decorative art – royal furniture, decorative bronzes, rugs, tapestries, gold and silver ware, porcelain, jewelry and scientific instruments – is one of the richest and most comprehensive public collections of its kind. Each room is accurately reproduced with pieces only from that period. I’m not only going to go visit the new exhibit myself I’m scheduling an outing for my entire Paris team to go together with me this fall!
The Antiques Diva®
(seen here at the Louvre with my darling husband before a gala I attended there one magical night in Paris several years ago)