Cognacq-Jay Museum, Museum of 18th century art

  • Outside view of the Cognacq-Jay Museum, picture by Didier Messina
  • Inside view of the Cognacq-Jay Museum, picture by Karine Maucotel

In a beautiful hotel, listed historical monument (16th – 18th centuries) located in the heart of the Marais neighbourhood, the museum presents the art collections bequeathed to the City of Paris in 1928 by Ernest Cognacq, founder of the Samaritaine department stores, and his wife Marie-Louis Jay. With the notable exception of an early painting by Rembrandt, most of the artwork on display dates back to the 18th century: paintings by Canaletto, Tiepolo, Boucher, Fragonard, Greuze, Reynolds; pastels by La Tour and Perronneau; sculptures by Houdon, Lemoyne, Clodion; porcelain by Saxe; gold and silver work; furniture bearing the marks of master woodworkers… 

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