The collections of the Arts Décoratifs (museums and library) are among the largest in France, comprising thousands of pieces from the various fields of the decorative and applied arts.Many new donations, purchases and bequests are added to the collections every year.
From the start, the collections of the Musée des Arts décoratifs have largely been formed by donations and bequests: the Peyre, Guérin, Perrin, Maciet and Gould donations (furniture and cabinet work); the Doisteau, Grandjean and Maciet donations (gold and silver wares); the Fitzhenry, Maciet and Metman donations (ceramics); the Vever collection (seven hundred 19The musée Nissim de Camondo, at 63 rue de Monceau in Paris, is housed in a mansion that once belonged to Count Moïse de Camondo (1860-1935), who bequeathed it to the Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs in memory of his son.
The museum, which replicates the interior of an eighteenth-century home, displays the remarkable pieces acquired by this passionate collector throughout his lifetime, including French eighteenth-century furniture, paintings, carpets, tapestries, porcelain and gold and silver wares.
When the Musée des Arts Décoratifs was founded, it already owned a large textile collection (silks, embroideries, laces, printed fabrics) that has continued to grow ever since.
In 1948, another institution – the Union Française des Arts du Costume () – was set up by costume professionals on the initiative of historian François Boucher; under the guidance of Yvonne Deslandres, it grew to become one of the world’s leading collections, estimated at over 60,200 pieces.
In addition to posters (some 50,000 dating from the eighteenth century to World War and about the same number from 1950 to the present day), there are now over 20,000 French or foreign advertising films from the 1930s to the present, over 30,000 press ads, radio commercials, promotional items, etc.
The collection is now a department of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and its works are regularly displayed in temporary exhibitions.The library and documentation center of Les Arts Décoratifs house large collections of extremely rare historical documents on a wide range of supports including books, manuscripts, prints, engravings, photographs, archives of artists and professionals, and ephemera (menus, invitation cards, postcards, labels…).These collections were initiated in 1864 by the founding members of the (Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs) who wanted to provide artists and artisans with a store of forms and images for their inspiration.Headed by Pierre Bergé, the and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and as a result, the Musée des Arts de la Mode was inaugurated in 1986.In 1997, under its new name – the Musée de la Mode et du Textile – it was incorporated into the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, becoming one of its principal departments.Today’s collection comprises over 152,800 pieces including costumes, accessories and textiles from the third century to the present day.