Thursday, March 24, 2011

The World of Interiors: The Last Taxidermist in Paris





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"There is an elderly gentleman who has been coming here since he was 13. His mother gave him his first Bombyx butterfly for his first communion. He says he feels immortal when he comes to Deyrolle, because nothing has changed for over 100 years."

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Personal scans from a January, 1985 issue of World of Interiors.
To read the full article on Deyrolle, please visit my flickr

19 comments:

vintageveggie said...

this looks like the most magical place in the universe.

anja louise verdugo said...

Paul is my hero for bringing this to you and therefore to my eyes that LOVE IT. oh mannnnnnn perfect

reckless daughter said...

Incredible! Good find.

miss b said...

Deyrolle is still there. I went by when I visited Paris recently unfortunately due to holidays it was closed.

a web across the way said...

This is so beautiful. I wish I could have seen it like this before the fire. I am glad it still exist today though!

Caitlin Rose said...

wow, I would love to go. so many curiosities!

naomi said...

this is so amazing on so many levels.

naomi.

Caroline said...

Wow this is amazing. And, that quote!!

Barbara said...

These images are so strange and beautiful. Eerie, if you've read Beatrice and Virgil.

beth said...

So beautiful, magical, and creepy all at once. As someone who works in museum collections, I am trying to wrap my head around the amount of arsenic in the room. Dreamy though.

Julianna said...

Ohhh, what a wondrous place!

The Attic People said...

Looks such a magical place, thanks for sharing...very inspring pictures :)

Marcheline said...

While I appreciate the sort of steampunky vibe of the interior spaces of lovers of taxidermy, one thought keeps coming to mind:

DUSTING!

Honestly, can you imagine the time and effort required to maintain all those feathers and furs? I mean, I doubt one uses spray furniture polish on a deer head... can't imagine how you'd keep all that stuff from becoming cobweb encrusted and mungified.

This is the beauty of "magazine magic" - where we love to look at pretty things that are set up for us, as long as we don't have to do it in real life.

blogbytina.com said...

Awesome post! I love taxidermy. It is so amazingly creepy. I totally want to be taxidermied when I die. And in my will I will ask that I be placed on the porch so neighborhood kids can dare each other to to come touch my corpse.

leilani.e said...

Deyrolle!!! That place is gorgeous - unfortunately it has changed though, there was a fire there in 2010. Honestly I forget the exact date, but I wrote an article on it post-rebuilding for Antler magazine vol 2 (the "wunderkrammer" issue), so the information's in there if folks are interested. Such an incredibly magical place, scorch marks and all.

Anna said...

this is scary in a cool way
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Solanah said...

Beautiful! I wish taxidermy wasn't such a taboo thing here, I just think it's amazing. I remember reading an article on this place when it had a fire, I wanted to go so badly! Thanks for sharing these enchanting photos!

xoxo
Solanah

SoapyMermaid said...

This is dreamy or nightmary I am not sure. I did not know there remain one taxidermist in Paris... Comme quoi!

sbd said...

Pelase, can you tell me where can i get old magazine of the world of interiors

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