La Collection 1900

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La Collection 1900
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Couturier Pierre Cardin has owned belle époque restaurant Maxim's since 1981, and now he has added a museum of art nouveau, which he has been collecting since the age of 18. There are rooms and rooms of exhibits, arranged so as to evoke a 19th-century courtesan's boudoir.

Read Zola's Nana before your visit to grasp the full effect of the dreamy lake maidens sculpted in glistening faience, pewter vanity sets in the shape of reclining nudes, and beds inlaid with opium flowers to promote sleep. Dinner settings on display include Gustav Eiffel's own chunky tureens, just crying out for turtle soup.


Venue name: La Collection 1900
Address: Maxim's
3 rue Royale

Opening hours: Guided tours (reservations essential) 2pm Wed-Sun (English); 3.15pm, 4.30pm (French)
Price: €15

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