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Musée d'Ennery Museum In Paris France

The Musée d'Ennery holds a fascinating and remarkable collection of objects from Japan and China that illustrate beliefs and daily life from the 15th to the 19th century, and contains well over 6000 different Far Eastern objects in the museum that Madame Clémence d'Ennery brought together. 

She was the wife of the playwright Adolphe Philippe d'Ennery and it was in the year 1875 that she had the mansion built in Second Empire style, so that it could contain the immense collection, that has become the Musee d'Ennery and this was her way of being able to help her husband's career, with Oriental art that was very popular at the time.

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Musée d'Ennery Museum In Paris France

Although both her and her husband did not go on long journeys over seas, they accumulated much of the precious artefacts from antique shops that they visited in their surrounding area.

The collection mainly consists of Chinese and Japanese works of art along with furniture, lacquers, ceramics, bronzes and carvings, but Madame d'Ennery also assembled an incredible collection of over 300 netsuke from Tokugawa Period onwards, which was from the years 1603 to 1837 and we put into display cases inlaid with mother of pearl.  The netsuke is actually a precious clasp that was often sculpted in ivory and carved in the form of insects, plants and animals and they were the only jewels allowed to be worn by men of the second rank, the first rank being the Samurai.

Madame d'Ennery ordered herself 18th and 19th century ceramics from Kyoto, that are so rare now, plus pieces of Namban Art, which is an artistic style that resulted from contacts between the Japanese and Portuguese between the years 1550 and 1640, these included lacquered trunks with humpback lids that were inlaid with mother-of-pearl in floral or geometric motifs, with some of these trunks having been brought back from Japan by an ancestor of Madame d'Ennery who discovered them in the family attic.

Madame d'Ennery also found chimeras and strange masks that were used to decorate the walls and are still displayed on the walls today.

This incredible collection served as a setting for magnificent parties in Paris, for the presentation of operas written by Adolphe d'Ennery and composed by Massenet and Gounod, and even for opera shows.

The audience was always comprised of many famous people such as the Goncourt brothers, who were writers and the Prime Minister Georges Clémenceau, who donated the Musée d'Ennery to the State in 1907.

For those of you that are interested in history and art, then a visit to this museum and the Hotel d'Ennery in which it is housed, shows the fascination of the Far East that became apparent at this time along with the architectural features of this unusual place in a sumptuous second Empire setting.

You can arrange for group tours and guided tours along with conferences and you will be pleased to know that photographs can be taken.

This museum in Paris opens on a Thursday and Sunday from 2pm through to 6pm, but is closed every other day of the week and on national holidays.

Address & Contact Details:

Musée d'Ennery
Hotel d'Ennery
59 Avenue Foch

Telephone: 1 45 53 57 96

Musée d'Ennery Museum In Paris

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