This is one of the most dignified and distinguished small museums of the decorative arts in the world, and not generally known. It was put together by the Camondo family in memory of their son, Nissim de Camondo who died in WWI. The family then presented the Museum and its contents to the French nation and to the world. As you enter the Museum, on the wall at the side there is a plaque which explains that the rest of the family was murdered at Auschwitz in WWII.
The Collection is on three floors of a Paris town house or Hotel de Ville. The internal decoration of the rooms and the paintings and sculpture and objects of art in them are nearly all French eighteenth century which was very much to the Camondo taste (as it was to the Rothschilds at Waddesdon Manor in the UK).
The rooms at the Musee Nissim de Camondo are kept meticulously clean and fresh. And as well as paintings by Oudry and Boucher and busts by Houdun, there is a magnificent collection of Sevres porcelain.
Despite the family tragedy which understandably hangs over the house like a pall, the beauty of the individual pieces casts its spell and it is only on the way out that you see the plaque again and realize the price the Camondos paid for the sake of our pleasure. The Musee Nissim de Camondo is a seriously enjoyable experience.
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