A tall floor version of this 17th-century hand-forged iron candlelabra is in the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. Note the sharp pointed center, which could be used as a weapon! I found this one two years ago at a brocante in Chatou, just outside Paris. Obviously the seller didn't know its true value!
The Musee des Arts Decoratifs at 107 rue de Rivoli in the Marsan wing of the Louvre is my favourite small museum. It reopened to much fanfare last week, after an extensive renovation spanning ten years. During that time, alternating wings were closed as work was underway, while others remained open for public viewing.
More than 5,000 objets d'art and pieces of furniture are on display in the nine floors overlooking the Tuileries gardens. Ten period rooms designed by interior decorator Francois-Joseph Graf are featured, including Pierre Chareau's library, originally designed for the French Embassy Pavilion at the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industrials Moderne.
Among the other spectacular settings is the Armand Albert Rateau 1920s design for famed couturier Jeanne Lanvin's Paris apartment, with bright blue walls. Lalique doors from 1925 are another highlight of beautiful pieces selected from the museum's collection of 150,000 objects.
The museum also has an excellent gift shop, filled with innovative work by local artists and craftsmen, along with a fine library of art and design books. For more information, check out the web link (above) or telephone 01.44.55.57.50 (inside Paris) or (33) 220.127.116.11.50 outside France.