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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  • Théodore-Ernest Cognacq (1839 – 1928) and his wife Marie-Louise Jay (1838 – 1925) were founders of the department store chain La Samaritaine, which existed until 2005. Around 1900 they belonged to the richest people in France, and together they could create a distinguished art collection. After the death of Cognacq, the collection was bewilled to the city of Paris, which in 1929 opened the first version of the museum in Boulevard des Capucines in a building that Marie-Louise Jay and Théodore-Ernest cognac had himself chosen for the purpose. For various reasons, the museum around 1990 was moved to the current location in the Hôtel Donon, a form building in the Marais from around 1575. The true couple's intention was to create a museum where visitors walk around in small spaces, just like in a private home, looking at furniture, artifacts and paintings in an intimate and homely atmosphere, that is, homely as it was for rich people in the 1800-Tallinn Paris. The collection of images contains excellent works from the 1700 century. French artists include: Jeanne-Louise Vallain, Hubert Robert, Jean-Baptiste Leprince, Jean Siménon Chardin, Louis-Léopold Boilly, Johann Frédéric Schall, Louis-Joseph Watteau, Nicolas de Largilliere, François Boucher, Jean-Baptiste Deshays de Colleville, Jean-Baptiste Huet, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Maurice Quintin de la Tour and Jean Baptist Greuze. In one of the rooms is a distinguished collection with pictures from the 1700-tallets Venezia and the Italians Antonio Canal, Francesco Guardi and Giacomo Guardi, also Dutch art is represented with a work by Jacob van Ruisdael and a youth work by Rembrandt himself. Along the way on the tour around the museum, you'll get past paintings by the married couple Jay and Cognacq, who were portrayed in 1903 by the artist Jeanne Madeleine Favier. In addition to seeing this lovely art collection, you can visit the temporary exhibitions, which are regularly arranged in the museum.
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  • Small museum of the city of Paris, so free but very beautiful works presented in this mansion.
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  • It's small but good to see ornaments and portraits of Rococo. I recommend this place when you visit Marais. Entrance fee is free.
  • The Musee Cognacq-Jay is one of fourteen City of Paris Museums, housed in former Hotel Doren building in The Marais. It is located near to Musee Carnavalet and makes a nice complement to its larger peer. This museum is free to visit and well worth your time if you are interested in seeing 18th century furnishing, paintings and other artworks. There are some later works included in this collection as well. The Musee Cognacq-Jay is the result of a wonderful collection gathered by Ernest Cognacg and his wife Marie-Louise Jay between 1900 and 1925. Upon the death of Cognacq in 1928, the collection was bestowed to the city of Paris where it became a museum, originally located on Blvd. des Capucines. The museum collection was moved to the present site, the historic Hotel Doren, in 1990 and this is where it can be found today. When visiting the Musee Cognacq-Jay, you can explore twenty panelled rooms, each well decorated with historic paintings, porcelain, elegant furniture and other works of art. Works by numerous French and foreigner artists can be found including the likes of La Tour, Lemoyne, Chardin, Fragonard, Boucher, Degas as well as Rembrandt and Cannaletto amongst others. Overall, we'd suggest first prioritising a visit to nearby Musee Carnavalet and then paying visit to Musee Cognacq-Jay if time (and energy) permits. It is a nice museum to visit if you intend to spend time in The Marais and can comfortably be explored in 45 minutes before moving onward.
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