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Museum of Cognac-Same: photo, description Musee Cognacq-Jay)

Museum of Cognac-Also represents mainly French art of the eighteenth century, collected in the first quarter of the twentieth century Ernest Cognac and his wife Marie-Louise, the founders of the famous Parisian Department store La Samaritaine. The Museum is housed in the mansion Donana.

The Royal official Mederic Donon (XVI century), built a mansion in the fashionable Marais district and lived there all his life. In the following centuries, the mansion is a typical Mare to an imposing structure with a high roof and a large front courtyard is used for commercial purposes and completely disfigured. In 1974, Paris acquired it and restored specifically for the Museum of Cognac.

Ernest Cognac - an example of successful private enterprise. Left in 12 years an orphan, he left school and began to earn a living trading. Traveled to France, settled in Paris, where he began selling ties on the Pont-Neuf, and ended with the opening of the store. He is introduced in the retail trade sector innovations such as fixed prices and the opportunity to try on clothes before buying.

Cognac was offered to buyers of the goods of mass production, but his own taste was more old-fashioned, together with his wife Marie-Louise Ernest was a collector of antique paintings, furniture, works of art (all basically the XVIII century). A unique collection of steam donated Paris: paintings by Boucher, Canaletto, Chardin, Fragonard, Watteau, a little Rembrandt, Corot, Cezanne, Degas, sculptures Lemoine, Sali, furniture Eben.

The collection is now located on four floors of the mansion Donana. Looking around the Museum, it is easy to imagine how aristocrats lived before the revolution - was basking in the luxurious armchairs, checked the time on expensive mantel clock, wrote letters on ivory inlaid Bureau, slept in a huge, really king beds (one exhibited on the fourth floor). Due to the large number of portraits you can see how these people looked like, what were the artists paid close attention to the details of clothes and jewelry. On the third floor can be a long time to study a display of precious snuff boxes, tiny enamels, bottles, boxes and other cute things of a bygone era of refined pleasures.