The World’s Fair of 1855

Napoleon III, admiring the first World's Fair in London, organized the second one in Paris in 1855. He built the Palais de l'Industrie for the occasion as well as ancillary buildings where the products of all nations could be discovered and compared.

England in 1851 had made a great display of the richness of its colonies, and France replied by emphasizing its numerous painters, luxury manufactures, and agricultural products. In the decorative arts, French bronze-makers, cabinet-makers and ceramists are among the best in the world. The furniture of Jeanselme, Tahan, and the skilful Rivart, the goldsmithery of Christofle and Deniere, and the porcelain of Sevres are praised.

The Universal Exposition of 1855 was the first to be held in Paris. It is at this exhibition that the young Mathurin Moreau is revealed to the public with his sculptures of the Fountain of Tourny.

The World’s Fair of 1851

First of all the World's Fairs, the one held in London in 1851 amazed the public both by its exceptional building, the Crystal Palace, and by the multitude of creations displayed there. England, then master of the world, kept the greater part of the exhibition in order to display the wealth of its colonies.

Divided into four sections, the space of 8 hectares was then subdivided into national pavilions. Concerning the arts, the Exhibition of 1851 thus cohabited the oriental carpets of Tunis and the porcelains of Sèvres of France, a stuffed elephant from India and many neo-Gothic creations. Aiming no less than peace between all nations, guaranteed by the free movement of goods and the understanding of all civilizations, the spirit of this major event is a perfect illustration of the nineteenth century faith in industrial progress.

The event was beneficial to France, which was able to highlight the quality of its decorative arts. The toilette of the Duchess of Parme, exhibited by Froment-Meurice, and the reduction of Lorenzo Ghiberti's doors of paradise by the Barbedienne Foundry made a great impression, so that the next World's Fair took place in Paris in 1855.

The Palazzo Papadopoli

A staggering Venetian palace, the Palazzo Papadopoli built circa 1560 is known for the lavishness of its interior decoration. Ordered by Nicolo and Angelo Aldobrandini-Papadopoli around 1874, the decoration is imagined by the leading expert of decorative arts in Venice, Michelangelo Guggenheim.

The palace already displayed an aristocratic decor inherited from the powerful Tiepolo family in 18th century. The famous painter Giambattista Tiepolo would have painted a ceiling, and his son Giandomenico several frescoes.  Michelangelo Guggenheim, who was specialized in reinterpreting ancient styles, leans on the fascinating history of the place to make out of this Renaissance palace a true wonder. He imagines a style inspired by a different time for each room, creating a fantastical path from an epoch to another.

Visitors are thus immersed in sophisticated spheres contrasting one with another, walking from a light-spirited rococo fantasy to the erudite atmosphere of a richly furnished Neo-Renaissance cabinet. A conception of such modernity that one would say : “The 16th century Tiepolo Palace gave birth to the 19th century Papadopoli Palace.

Exhibition at the Galerie Marc Maison : an exceptional furniture set created by Moses Michelangelo Guggenheim for the Palazzo Papadopoli in Venice between 1874 and 1881

A major rediscovery for the History of 19th century Italian furniture, the Galerie Marc Maison presents as world exclusive this complete furniture set counting fourteen pieces, including this sublime sculpted walnut Credenza, on the occasion of a unique exhibition in its new gallery at the Flea Market of Paris Saint-Ouen.
Under the direction of the designer and antiquarian Moses Michelangelo Guggenheim, the Palazzo Papadopoli of Venice, owned by the Aldobrandini-Papadopoli brothers, was entirely refurnished between 1874 and 1881. For this sumptuous place, Guggenheim will use decorative languages from several different periods, from Italian Renaissance to Louis XIV and Louis XVI’s reigns, furnishing every room in a precisely determined style. Thus, the Salone Delle Quattro Porte, a grand reception room of the Palazzo, was given an exceptional design inspired by Venetian 16th century, in particular through this furniture set, which was sculpted by the Stabilimento d’Arti Decorative e Industriali Guggenheim directed.


Of outstanding quality, these furniture pieces finely sculpted in walnut enable the great rediscovery of a unique artist who made the worldwide pride of Venice. A true masterpiece, this hardly equaled work, reaching the 19th century decorative arts top-level, owed Guggenheim a Gold Medal for Merit in Sciences and Arts handed by Ludwig II of Bavaria.



Period photograph of the Salone Delle Quattro Porte in Palazzo Papadopoli showing part of the furniture by Guggenheim.


The impressive style of Michelangelo Guggenheim is based on the reappropriation of antique styles, remodeled according to his taste imbued with an extraordinary historical culture. He is thus able to draw his clients into the aristocratic atmosphere of glorious ages, which seduces volunteers all across Europe to design full interiors. Such is the case of the Palazzo Papadopoli, entirely re-decorated by this amazing artist.



The monumental display cabinet from the Salone Delle Quattro Porte, Palazzo Papadopoli, Venice.

Guggenheim had to be inspired by this highly historical place built in 1560 for the powerful Coccina Family, immortalized by Veronese, a family that owned it over two centuries. In 1748, the palazzo passes in the hands of the Tiepolo, from which are the illustrious painter Giambattista Tiepolo, and his son Giandomenico, a painter as well, who made part of the decoration.
In 1864, the brothers Nicolo and Angelo Aldobrandini-Papadopoli become owners of the sublime palace. Bankers, industrialists and parliamentarians at the same time, they launched a massive work of reorganization about 1874-1875, to such extent that one could say : “the 16th century Tiepolo Palace has given birth to the 19th century Papadopoli Palace.”

This undertaking was lead by the architect Girolamo Levi and by the designer and antiquarian Moses Michelangelo Guggenheim. The first was in charge of the work of expansion and modernization of the palace, the second of interior decoration. Guggenheim created a journey through the ages inside the Palazzo Papadopoli, conceived to amaze the guests. He leaned on the rich history of the place to bring it back to life: he gives every room the luxury of a different period, from Quattrocento to 18th century, in a yet achieved harmony. Hence, the “Salone delle Quattro Porte” takes us to the scholarly atmosphere of Venetian 16th century Humanism.


The exhibition of the furniture set originating from the Salone delle Quattro Porte of the Palazzo Papadopoli in Venice, Italy, will take place from march 17th to may 15th 2017 at the Galerie Marc Maison, Marché Cambo, 75 rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen (Paris Flea Market).
All the information are on our website :  www.marcmaison.com/expo
Telephone : + 33 (0)6 60 62 61 90

The Palazzo Papadopoli on the Grand Canal of Venice.

The exhibition catalog