Pomp and Circumstance

Jacques Garcia's redesign at the Louvre.

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Pomp and Circumstance
The Grand Salon at the Château d’Abondant, a period room in the newly renovated design galleries at the Louvre, in Paris. Courtesy of the Department of Decorative Arts, Musee du Louvre, OA 11234. © 1994 RMN / Daniel Ardnaudet.

Pomp and Circumstance

Jacques Garcia's redesign at the Louvre.

What does a museum with what is arguably the world’s finest and most comprehensive collection 
of 18th-century decorative arts do when it needs a 
bit of freshening up? Hire a decorator, of course. On June 6, after a $36 million renovation, the 35 galleries at the Louvre that house such treasures as Jean-Baptiste Oudry’s painted decorations 
and André-Charles Boulle’s furniture will reopen in the museum’s Cour Carrée, with a 
new installation conceived by the French interior designer Jacques Garcia. On display 
are period rooms and masterpieces from the reigns of Louis XIV, XV, and XVI, like the inlaid rolltop desk that Jean-Henri Riesener designed for Marie Antoinette in 1784, and 
the sumptuously painted porcelain potpourri vase that Charles-Nicolas Dodin of 
Sèvres made for Madame de Pompadour in 1760. “Jacques brings a connoisseur’s eye to the project,” says Sue Devine, the executive director of the American Friends of the Louvre. “He’s a great collector himself.” Prepare to go rococo.