Hector Guimard (1867-1942):
At the Musée des Arts Décoratifs there was some beautiful and bizarre jewellery by Lalique. Prickly, unnerving items that seemed to threaten rather than charm. Given the hazards faced by women in fin de siècle Paris – their economic helplessness no doubt played its part in all that “naughty nineties” stuff – it seemed appropriate.
A piano by François-Rupert Carabin put women in their place: seductress, siren, full of feline grace and animalistic instincts . . . anything but rational human beings.
Second Empire (1852-1870) furniture – a mishmash of the Louis, but industrially produced; papier mâché and black lacquer; over-upholstered, tufted and buttoned chairs suitable for crinolines.
The Palais Royal:
The difference between cleaned and uncleaned buildings:
And dinner at the Brasserie Julien in the rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis: