Les Arts Décoratifs

by tiresomemoi


The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is a hodge-podge of decorative arts through the centuries with a small wing devoted to the last half of the 20th century. I wouldn’t say it’s a must see but it’s a nice place to spend a rainy afternoon.

The museum is completely wheelchair accessible with clean, spacious restrooms on many of the floors. Free for disabled visitors and one companion.

Standing Nude (Plate)**Plate

Ever on the lookout for depictions of Black people in the museums of Paris, I spotted thee at Les Arts Décoratifs. A standing nude on a beautiful 17th C plate, an elegant server in an 18th C painting, and a 19th C figurine depicting L’Afrique. I don’t know what I’m going to do with this information but I figure I’ll eventually come up with a way to put it to good use.


*L’Afrique et L’Europe (Diane) d’un groupe des quatre parties du monde

France, Nevers? XVIIIeme siècle inv. 38477 A-B

(L’Automme/Bacchus in the background)


**Femme nue debout, plat d’apparat

Deruta, 1er  moitié XVI

faïence lustrée inv. Louvre DA 1237


The Painting

Servante noire préparant un buffet

France , vers 1770-1780

Huile sur toile inv. 17335