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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
Tapestries, scientific instruments: Frédéric Dassas

Second half of the 17th century, and the 18th century:
Gold- and silverware / Snuffboxes / Ceramics: Michèle Bimbenet-Privat
Furniture / Wood paneling / Ornamental bronzes / Tapestries / Scientific instruments: Frédéric Dassas

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 / Old photographs of the collections: 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 medallions / 19th century: Irène Julier
18th-century furniture and ornamental bronzes: Céline Rebière-Plé
Textiles / Stained glass windows / Auction catalogues: 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, and Thursdays from 2–5:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 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: Marlène de Quelen, Carole Treton

The ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGEMENT DIVISION helps to manage the department, seeing to its logistical and technical needs.
Head of division: Anne-Elisabeth Abiven

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), 2–5:30 p.m.
The research center will be closed from July 16 to August 17 and on September 17, October 15, November 19, and December 17, 2018.
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