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Musee Nissim de camondo: photos, description (Musee Nissim-de-Camondo)

Musee Nissim de camondo shows the visitor a rich collection of items of the XVIII century. A huge mansion in which it is located - something like a time machine, allowing the details to see the life of the rich French bourgeoisie at the beginning of the XX century. A life that had everything - wealth, power, passion, sorrow.

The founder of the Museum - count Moses de Camondo, who comes from a family of Sephardic Jews. Ancestor of the count, the banker of the Ottoman Empire, received a knighthood from the king of Italy Vittorio Emanuele II in appreciation for the financial support of the reunification of the country. The next generation of the family during the Second Empire settled in Paris. So nine-year-old Moses became a Parisian. Growing up, he continued the family business and at the same time turned into a passionate collector of art objects.

In 1891, Moses married Irene Caen d'anver, the daughter of a Belgian banker. After five years, the couple broke up, and two children - the son of Nissim and daughter Beatrice left to live with his father. Before the First world de camondo, had taken the decisive step of a collector: he demolished once his parents bought a house on Rue Monceau and built here a magnificent mansion, designed to accommodate the expanded collection.

The construction of the mansion was completed in 1914. September 5, 1917, beloved son of the count, 25-year-old combat pilot Nissim de Camondo was killed in aerial combat over France.

Shortly after the death of his son the count de camondo, bequeathed the mansion and the collection, organization, Les Arts Décoratifs, so that the life of the house continued after the death of the owner. The count died in 1935. All the rest of the family later perished in the Nazi death camps. The Museum continues to live.

In its halls like canned vanished life: here is the Chinese pendulum clock, that tapestry on the themes of the fables of La Fontaine, here's a wonderful salon chairs. You can wander through the apartment of Moses Camondo and his children, to look at the vintage kitchen, office, Laundry, dining room. On the walls - portraits of people of that era. And here is a marble bust of his great-grandfather, the founder of the Paris nest of the family's House. And if the voices of those who filled that house with life and warmth, but it disappeared forever in the dark times.