Musee Cognacq-Jay, Paris

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Musee Cognacq-Jay is a museum located in the Hôtel Donon, with an impressive and enthralling collection of fine art and decorative items. Your visit will consist of twenty paneled rooms spread over four floors in the styles of Louis XV and Louis XVI. Viewing all these fantastic pieces will take time, as the collection consists of about 1200 items in total, with an emphasis on 18th century France, ranging from European and Chinese ceramics, jewels, and snuffboxes, to paintings by Louis-Léopold Boilly, François Boucher, Canaletto, and more.

The fine furniture displayed is attributed to Jean-François Oeben and Roger Van der Cruse. The 17th century is also represented with two paintings by Rembrandt while the 19th century is represented with works by Camille Corot, Paul Cézanne, and also Edgar Degas. Work out when and for how long to visit Musee Cognacq-Jay and other Paris attractions using our handy Paris holiday builder website .
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  • I took advantage of the two concerts given by the young and talented cellist Bruno Philippe to visit this beautiful small museum containing collections of Edouad Cognacq and his wife Marie-Louise Jay, founder of the Department store La Samaritaine. Beautiful idea that organizing concerts in this place, especially as the room, with its ceiling of wood, has a nice sound that has helped highlight the beautiful interpretations of this young artist. The works of art collected in this beautiful and rich home have an intimate character, whether it is paintings representative mainly of portraits, inlays or porcelain, the latter with some very nice pieces. The paintings include paintings by Boucher, Fragonard, Vigée Lebrun, Latour to name only the most well-known artists. A special mention for the butcher room that contains the most interesting works. Finally a beautiful Tiepolo: the Banquet of Cleopatra. One regret: the two main rooms were closed due to a movement of personnel... I deplore the behaviour of one of the guards who allowed himself comments moved while I put a comment on a Cabinet card to take a picture. I'm always respectful of the works of art and I don't think that this fact was likely to damage this furniture; I understand however that this gentleman has told me that this was not allowed, but was he really need to add a rogue tone: "You're not at home here!" while I had immediately complied with my apology in addition. The behavior of this Bittern in livery was the only false note of this lovely afternoon!
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  • In a former wealthy home, we discover paintings, the House of children, furniture, statuettes, clocks and small objects. There are many paintings of great value as well as some precious objects. It's a large collection we're interested in discover life in private homes.
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  • beautiful house with magnificent collections of tabeaux and carefully selected objects; a very nice place to recommend
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  • Great collection. The building is pretty itself
  • A wonderful surprise this museum. Not very big but with a collection and a setting really worth the visit. There is also a restaurant/bar in its premises. Also the museum is free.
  • Like a cultural refuge from the bustle of the more visited museums of Paris, this wonderful collection is an in situ representation of turn of the century art and decor. I'm not sure why, but admission was free when I visited! Staff could not have been more friendly.
  • Pleasant surprise. Free entry. Collection includes Rembrandt and Canaletto
  • Unless you’re looking specifically for Cognacq, there isn’t much to see.

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