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Collections & departments Department of Decorative Arts

The Department of Decorative Arts is home to an extremely varied collection comprising jewelry, silverware, enamels, ivories, bronzes, semi-precious stone work, ceramics, glassware, stained glass, furniture, and rugs, and spanning the period from the early Middle Ages to the first half of the 19th century.

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The Department of Decorative Arts is structured as follows:

The CURATORIAL team is responsible for the department collections, organizing exhibitions within and outside the Louvre, and for carrying out inventory checks.
Director of department: Jannic Durand
Deputy director of department: Anne Dion

Middle Ages:
Gothic art: Elisabeth Antoine
Middle Ages / Byzantine art: Jannic Durand
Early Middle Ages / Romanesque art: Florian Meunier

Renaissance and first half of the 17th century:
Ceramics / Glassware / Painted enamels / Stained glass windows (provisionally): Françoise Barbe
Weapons / Bronzes / Gems / Ivories / Gold- and silverware / Furniture (provisionally): Philippe Malgouyres
And provisionally:
Watch making: Michèle Bimbenet-Privat
Scientific instruments: Frédéric Dassas
Tapestries: Pascal Torres

Second half of the 17th century, and the 18th century:
Gold- and silverware / Snuffboxes / Ceramics: Michèle Bimbenet-Privat
European porcelain / Asian collections (China, Japan, and Indian): Jean-Baptiste Clais
Furniture / Wood paneling / Ornamental bronzes / Scientific instruments: Frédéric Dassas
Faience / Tapestries: Pascal Torres

19th century and Napoleon III apartments
Anne Dion

The ADMINISTRATIVE team keeps a record of the many administrative files and organizes meetings for the head of the department.
Secretary / Managerial ssistant: Fatiha Mihoubi
Secretary: Cécile de la Porte

The RESEARCH CENTER, led by Christine Duvauchelle, plays an active role in running the department, the studies and conservation treatments of the collections, checking inventories, managing exhibitions and publications, and maintains the enrichment and classification of documentation (organized both chronologically and technically). It also hosts students and researchers.

Middle Ages / Romanesque and Gothic art: Marie-Cécile Bardoz
Renaissance furniture, weapons, and bronzes / 16th- and 17th-century gems: Christine Chabod
Renaissance painted enamels / “Venetian” enamels: Marie-Elsa Dantan
Ceramics / Renaissance glassware: Brigitte Ducrot
Faience and porcelain from the second half of the 17th to the 19th century: Christine Duvauchelle
Early Middle Ages / Romanesque art / Byzantine art / Medieval gems: Dorota Giovannoni
Gold- and silverware, watch making, and ceramics from the second half of the 17th to the 18th century: Catherine Gougeon
Modern age ivories / Russian medals / 19th century: Irène Julier
Textiles / Stained glass windows: Marie-Hélène de Ribou
Photography collection: Anne-Gabrielle Durand
Librarian: Catherine Voiriot

Research center
The research center consists of files and photographs of the artworks cared for by the department, general material on the decorative arts relating to the collections, department publications, a specialized library, auction catalogues, and a computerized database of the department artworks.
Open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 2–5:30 p.m. (closed on Tuesdays).
Contact: sledoc@louvre.fr

The REGISTRAR DIVISION is responsible for ensuring that the artworks are properly looked after when they are in transit inside or outside of the Louvre for exhibitions or conservation work. During filming in the museum rooms, they monitor the security of the collections.
Head of division: Laurent Creuzet
Registrars: Yves Baury, Marlène de Quelen, and Carole Treton

The ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGEMENT DIVISION helps to manage the department, seeing to its logistical and technical needs.
Head of division: Florence Condé

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)

Click the following link for more information on the Department of Decorative Arts research center
Research center / Decorative Arts