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Decorative Arts

Dedicated to the precious arts and the decorative arts from Late Antiquity to the mid-19th century, the Department of Decorative Arts research center gradually developed around curators' research on the artworks in the department, officially established in 1896. The center serves as a vital point of reference, with documentation on medieval ivories (some of which is available on the Courtauld Institute website), French furniture from the 18th century and cabinetmakers, French tapestries, medieval and modern gold and silverware, and furniture and gold and silverware from the 19th century.

Available resources

- Over 20,000 files on the artworks from the collection.
- Subject-specific, technical and topographical documentation.
- Documentation on more than 200 donors
- A collection of 14,000 sales catalogues dating to the 19th century
- Several archival collections currently being referenced
- A local library of 15,000 books on the precious arts and the decorative arts for research on the collections. It includes catalogues from French and international museums, exhibition catalogues, specialized monographs, and a number of journals on the decorative arts.

Research tools

Digital inventories
Sales catalogues

Other services

Personalized research assistance

Practical information


French and international museum professionals
Researchers, teachers, and students
Museum cultural partners (cultural interpreters, experts…)
Any person interested by the museum collections.

Opening hours
Monday to Friday (except Tuesday), 2 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
The research center will be closed June 17, September 16, October 14, November 18, and December 16, 2019, as well as July 29–August 30, 2019.
Thank you for your understanding.

E-mail: sledoc@louvre.fr
Telephone (during opening hours only): +33 (0)1 40 20 53 17

101, rue de Rivoli, 5th floor
Métro: Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre (lines 1 and 7)

External resources

Online resources on Gothic ivories: www.gothicivories.courtauld.ac.uk/

View photographs of the artworks from the Department of Decorative Arts: www.photo.rmn.fr