Former private mansion of Marie-Laure de Noailles, this private museum is dedicated to the magic of Baccarat crystal. It contains a number of major works produced by Baccarat for world fairs and universal expositions of the 19th century, and for celebrities.
As you follow the entrance, the walls of which are adorned by tall mirrors and enormous crystal vases, you’d pass by the gift shop where visitors could purchase table sets and decoration - the only area where photography’s allowed. Back in the hallway, you’d climb up a wide staircase into the Alchemy room designed by Gérard Garouste. This splendid rotunda contains breathtaking pieces including a chessboard, surrounded by photographs of notable jazz musicians and singers. The ceiling supports a magnificent crystal chandelier.
Your visit commences on your right as you walk in a magnificent Hall of Mirrors - you’d want to spend half of your time in there taking in the splendor of this gilded room! A projector was playing a short documentary illustrating glass-cutting, wheel-engraving, enameling, and gilding.
The museum contains displays of fine glass work, including vases, dishes and stemware; limited-edition collections created by noted designers Georges Chevalier, Ettore Sottsass, Roberto Sambonet, Van day Truex, and Marcial Berro; and pieces commissioned for heads of state, royal and imperial courts, and celebrities including the Emperor of Japan, Prince of Wales, Coco Chanel, Grace Kelly, Salvador Dalì and Josephine Baker, among others.
The current exhibition entitled La Modernité Intemporelle features a selection of over 350 pieces from the Maison’s heritage collection. (read more)
As you exit the exhibition hall, you’ll pass through the Crystal Room - Baccarat’s restaurant. I was very happy to be make my way in just at lunchtime!