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Cognacq-Jay Museum: Immerse yourself in the refinement of the 18th Century

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From March 29 to September 29, the Cognacq-Jay Museum opens its doors for a immersion in the 18th century. This emblematic period of the history of art and culture is highlighted through a captivating exhibition. Featuring 260 boxes and jewelry of rare splendor. Decorated with gold, porcelain, mother-of-pearl and precious stones, these precious objects reveal all the talent of the goldsmiths of the time.

Nestled in the heart of the capital, the Cognac-Jay Museum, contains cultural treasures often unknown to the general public. Heir to the monumental collection of Ernest Cognacq, founder of the Grands Magasins de la Samaritaine. This place steeped in history offers a striking dive into the past.

The current exhibition, dedicated to luxury goldsmithing, reveals la richness and diversity of small objects who marked this era. In collaboration with renowned institutions, the museum presents an exceptional selection of pieces from the elites of the 18th century.

A journey through time at the heart of the manufacturing process

Organized as a travel through time, the exhibition offers a careful exploration of these treasures of yesteryear. The first rooms reveal the typology and variety of high-end objects. From snuff boxes to writing sets, testifying to the exceptional know-how of the artisans of the time. The third room invites visitors to discover uses and customs linked to these precious objects. Revealing fascinating anecdotes about accessories such as lorgnettes or perfume guns.

An essential stage of the exhibition plunges visitors into the heart of the manufacturing process. Highlighting innovative techniques, the organization of trades and the careful selection of raw materials. This journey through time celebrates the creative genius of 18th century artisans.

Finally, a touch of modernity closes this exceptional exhibition, with the presentation of contemporary collectibles from Van Cleef & Arpels and the house of Fabergé, thus offering unique insight into the evolution of goldsmithing through the centuries.

In short, the exhibition at the Cognacq-Jay Museum is a real invitation to an enchanting journey in time, where the luxury and sophistication of the 18th century rub shoulders with the timeless elegance of artistic creation. An experience not to be missed for lovers of history, art and refinement.

Cognac-Jay Museum – 8 rue Elzévir, 75003 Paris

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