In the heart of the Papal city, set up in the Villeneuve-Esclapon residence, the Louis Vouland Museum is located near the Saint-Dominique gate of the city walls.
Open to the public since 1982 in this charming former private residence with pleasant garden, The Museum presents the prestigious collection of decorative arts assembled during his lifetime by the Avignon industrialist Louis Vouland, with his pronounced taste for the 18th century.
Furniture, ceramics, gold and silver plate, tapestries and paintings charmingly evoke the luxury and refinement of these past centuries.
Chiefly representative of the decorative arts of the 17th and mainly 18th century, when all arts were at their peak, the Louis Vouland collection brings together furniture, objets d'art and other works of art, acquired over forty years from antique dealers or big auctions and estate sales in Nice, Marseille, Paris...
The Vouland museum in Avignon
Art deco furnitures
Round dish called "baptism"
China and serving utensils
Paintings Art deco period
Nearly 200 ceramic objects, on permanent exhibition, illustrate through their diversity the evolution of chinaware in Europe, its relations with the Far East, and the relations between different porcelain centers in France, such as Nevers, Rouen, Strasbourg, Lyon and more particularly those in the south, Marseille, Moustiers, Montpellier, their workshops, their techniques and their decorations. Porcelain figurines and objects from Saxony, Vincennes, Sèvres add refinement and preciosity.
The great tapestries of Flanders, Aubusson and Gobelins, with their mythological motifs, adorn the walls while the finer tapestries of Beauvais with shepherd or literary themes, canvas stitched tapestries and silks decorate walls and armchairs leaving the oriental rugs to enhance the floors.
The collector's taste for authenticity clearly appears in the choice of elegant furniture in the Regency, Louis XV and Louis XVI styles: commodes, consoles, corner cupboards, secretaries, accessory furniture, gilded and painted wood and Parisian marquetry made by the great master cabinetmakers such as Migeon, Ellaume, Boudin, Tuard, while a preference is shown for the provinces in the chairs coming from the famous Lyon workshops.
The silver and gold plate pieces, dishes emblazoned with coats of arms, coffeepots, creamers, tumblers, saltcellars, wine-tasters, candlesticks, intimately combine daily life with the taste for luxury in the art of entertaining and in personal objects, while the gilded bronze, chiseled in to stands, handles, frames, protects the furniture, enriches the vases, ornaments the clocks, reflecting the light from the chandeliers and lamps.
A collection of works by regional artists, especially painters from the Avignon School of the late 19th century, brings to the Museum a Provençal touch.
Musée Vouland - 17, rue Victor Hugo - 84000 Avignon
+33 (0)4 90 86 03 79http://www.vouland.com/