Musée Cognacq-Jay, Paris

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Musée 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. Put Musée Cognacq-Jay into our Paris vacation trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • August 9, 2017
    i still dont understand but we did not pay entrance fees the museum is tiny but interesting the display is really well done we felt like inside the private Mansion the museum is well preserved with be...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    This museum had me at its location- the Marais. It had me again at the Boucher room- (one of the king's court painters, he won a lot of prizes at the salon, his figures are beautiful). I enjoyed the t...  more »
  • June 29, 2017
    Musée cognacq-jay. View on Venice, venise en fete, by Tiepolo and Guardi. They even allowed to know things that I wasn't familiar with, such as that on the Republic of Venice, after the Napoleonic French have built triumphal arches everywhere ... Also on the Grand Canal and St Mark's square ... Temporary buildings. immortalized by beautiful paintings. Piazza San Marco has also had a production at the time of a Festival, with coverage of the entire basilica by a pretty French imperial style structure. Beautiful paintings, scenic setting.
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  • August 21, 2017
    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.
  • June 10, 2017
    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.
  • February 15, 2017
    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful place for free. You can sightseeing the life if rich French person in the past. There are also restroom for free. The souvenir shop is nice. Reasonable price!
  • March 13, 2017
    Museum located in the Hôtel Donon in the 3rd arrondissement. The museum's collection was formed between 1900–1925 by the founders of La Samaritaine department store. The collection is displayed in 20 paneled rooms (4 floors) in the styles of Louis XV and Louis XVI. The museum contains an exceptional collection of fine art and decorative items, about 1200 items in total, with an emphasis on 18th century France. Admission is free ! Nearby Carnavalet museum. Currently (feb.2017-june.2017), exhibition "Serenissime! Venise en fête de Tiepolo à Guardi" : last golden age of Venice, marked by an unprecedented deployment of public and private events : festivities, carnivals, celebrations, regattas and other spectacles. Paintings of Guardi, Tiepolo, Boucher, ...
  • April 1, 2017
    Just popped in here on a rainy day and was surprised a delightly museum in an old Paris mansion. Lots of paintings for a decorative arts museum.

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