What to buy before the Empress Eugenie calls. Selections from an album made by Maison Alphonse Giroux that lives with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. At mid-century the Maison Giroux was IT.

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“Nécessaire à couture, épingles et carnet de bal.” 1852-1870. Pencil and gouache on paper. Inventory ID #CD 6495.57. Collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Photo © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/necessaire-a-couture-epingles-et-carnet-de-bal
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“Une Coupe Couverte, un Vase et une Aiguière.” 1852-1870. Pencil and gouache on paper. Inventory ID #CD 6495.7. Pencil and gouache on paper. Inventory ID #CD 6495.57. Collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Photo © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/une-coupe-couverte-un-vase-et-une-aiguiere
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Page d’album de dessin. 1852-1870. Pencil and gouache on paper. Inventory ID #CD 6495.15. Collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Photo © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/page-d-album-de-dessin-1

What to buy before your future inlaws come for dinner. Selections from an album made by Maison Alphonse Giroux that lives with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. At mid-century the Maison Giroux was where everyone went . .. if they had enough titles and gold to go shopping

"Crucifix et Christ à la Colonne." 1852-70. French.
“Crucifix et Christ à la Colonne.” #44 and #45. 1852-70. French. Pencil, pen, black ink and gouache on paper. Maison of Alphonse Giroux, maker. Image and photo © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/crucifix-et-christ-a-la-colonne
"Miroir à main."
“Miroir à main.” #32. 1852-1870. French. Pencil, pen, black ink, gouache and gum arabic on paper. Maison of Alphonse Giroux, maker. Image and photo © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/miroir-a-main-1
#57 and #58.
#57 and #58. 1852-1870. French. Pencil, pen, black ink and gouache on paper. Maison of Alphonse Giroux, maker. Image and photo © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/page-d-album-de-dessin-10

Ideas to make your house look rich even if you aren’t. From an album made by Maison Alphonse Giroux that lives with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

"Corner cabinet/Encoignure dans le genre Boulle." 1852-1870.
“Corner cabinet/Encoignure dans le genre Boulle.” 1852-1870. Pencil and gouache on paper. Image and photo © Les Arts Décoratifs. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/encoignure-dans-le-genre-boulle
"Miroir de toilette."  1852-1870.
“Miroir de toilette.” 1852-1870. Pen with black ink, pencil and gouache on paper. Image and photo © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/miroir-de-toilette
"Vase monté en lampe." 1852-1870.
“Vase monté en lampe.” 1852-1870. Pen with black ink, pencil and gouache on paper. Image and photo © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/vase-monte-en-lampe
Clock with candlestick and other items. 1852-1870.
Clock with candlestick and other items. 1852-1870. Pencil and gouache on paper. Image and photo © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/page-d-album-de-dessin-1
"Cave à liqueur." 1852-1870.
“Cave à liqueur.” 1852-1870. Pencil and gouache on paper. Image and photo © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/cave-a-liqueur

More chic decor to try to live up to. From an album made by Maison Alphonse Giroux and left to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs so we can take a peek. French, 19th century.

Two frames. 1852-1870.
Two frames. 1852-1870. Pencil, pen and ink and gouache on paper. Image and photo © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.lesartsdecoratifs.fr/deux-cadres-1
Chair, armchair and bench.
Chair, armchair and bench. 1852-1870. Pencil and gouache on paper. Image and photo © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.lesartsdecoratifs.fr/chaise-fauteuil-et-banquette
Cup, bottle and flacon.  1852-1870.
Cup, bottle and flacon. 1852-1870. Pencil, black pen and ink and gouache on paper. Image and photo © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.lesartsdecoratifs.fr/page-d-album-de-dessin-6
"Judgement of Paris" hand fan. 1852-1870.
“Judgement of Paris” hand fan. 1852-1870. Pencil and gouache on paper. Image and photo © Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.lesartsdecoratifs.fr/eventail-le-jugement-de-paris

More posts from this fabulous album coming. It has 102 images of which I’ve only looked at the first screen of.