Things of wood I have seen #3: Art Nouveau from the Musee de l'Ecole de Nancy

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Blog entry by mtkate posted 02-06-2010 04:55 PM 10891 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I went to Paris last year and made a point to visit the Musee de l’Ecole Nancy in Nancy, France. If you are fortunate to get to Paris – please DO take the 1.5 (approx) hour high speed train over there. You could even make it a day trip.


Any of you with a penchant for arts and crafts will faint when gazing at the treasures inside this small museum. Unfortunately, no pictures allowed which I respectfully followed but you can buy a very fine book with pictures of most of the pieces in there.


They let you get extremely close to the pieces. The most wretched of humans will go as far as touching the pieces which is followed by a “tsk tsk” from the museum staff. Do it a few times and they will usher you out. I got my eyeball merely inches from several of the fine works. My partner had to drag me out of there kicking and screaming.


To get a taste of this museum, this is an oak door that is standing outside, encased in a free standing wall in the museum garden. The carving – “La racine est au fond des bois” roughly translates to “The root is at the base of the tree”. A cute play on words. It was created by Eugene Vallin in 1897.


The following is not of wood – but is a beautiful door which is the first thing you see when you enter the museum property.


The pictures below are not mine, but linked to the musee de nancy site which I highly recommend browsing.

I saw this in person. Magnifique! Another of Eugene Vallin’s works.


I almost died when I saw this dining room. I want that!!! Again, Eugene Vallin.


Another of my faves was Louis Majorelle (a sample of his work below). His pieces are all over the place and still for sale. I walked into an antique store in Nancy and could have bought one …. but it would have cost way more than my trip to France.


I hope you enjoy this small preview of the museum.

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#1 posted 02-06-2010 05:05 PM

I am a fan of Art Nouveau. Thanks for sharing these with us.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 02-06-2010 07:09 PM

thank´sfor sharing
you are right abaut
the desk


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#3 posted 02-06-2010 07:32 PM

I’ve really enjoyed all of the photos you’ve shared with us There’s some fantastic work.


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#4 posted 07-16-2012 05:59 PM

I have just been to Nancy myself, and I completely agree—Nancy is absolutely worth a visit, and especially the Musee de l’Ecole Nancy. Really fascinating woodwork, and also a lot of iron work, casted as well as forged, glass work etc.

At the Nancy tourist office you can also get an audio guide for a walking tour through Nancy, about two hours, which will let you discover all the beautiful Art Nouveau style buildings of Nancy. This was the hi-light of my trip.

I will post some images when I come back home.

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