The elegant musée Nissim de Camondo is truly one of the finest gems in Paris' treasure chest of cultural experiences. Previously the private residence of a wealthy Jewish family, the impressive private collection became a museum at the bequest of the Camondo patriarch, Moïse, who wished to commemorate the death of his son, Nissim, during WWII.
Musée Camondo features some incredibly beautiful examples of 18th-century furniture, paintings and decorative art. That century in France witnessed some of the most virtuoso craftsmanship in all of history due to guild regulations that stipulated craftsmen specialize. Therefore, while one person constructed the frame of a cabinet, another was responsible for the inlay, and another the gilding.
Many pieces from blockbuster names are on view in musée Camondo. Though every piece in the collection could easily be considered a highlight, here are some teasers: * A massive collection of Sèvre porcelain services (The most famous French porcelain manufactury) * An exquisite 'bonheur du jour' writing table, by Marie Antoinette's personal cabinet-maker. *An impressive carpet in the Grand Salon, originally commissioned by Louis XIV for the Grande Galerie of the Louvre.
Although the family left no heirs, the staff of musée Camondo really help the museum retain the feel of a home. They seem to be genuinely pleased that visitors have come to see the museum. The musée Camondo is one I will return to time and time again.