The room was formerly accessible to the general public, as part of the Cabinet, and the prestigious collection of the Duc de Luynes, given to the museum in 1862, was put on display here. But then somehow people decided the room had to close to function as anteroom to the numismatic reference collection that is situated one door further (and where we'll go explore in part III).
At this moment the public is being robbed of its right to see this space, which is cramped in storage boxes, office desks with the collection personnel working behind them, old chairs and stacks of books.
Portrait of Honoré Théodore Paul Joseph d'Albert, duc de Luynes
surveilance screens without purpose
note the metallic window shutters to secure the collections
the door leading back into the museum rooms
ah someone still uses a typewriter?
fascinating pieces that have been kept out of sight for far too long
the library register book for new acquisitions
the original display case for the Grand Camée de France, the museum's most notable piece
chinese lacquer coin display case
we love rings
some Egyptian heads...
...though not from the Luynes collection
a box of Islamic combs
a bust of the Duc de Luynes
and now a sneak peek at the space explored in part III: the numismatic reference room