"Orsay's clock" pocket watch
In collaboration with Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais, LIP -iconic brand of French watchmaking created in 1867-, has published a beautiful pocket watch whose dial reflects that of the Gare d'Orsay now a museum.
In May 1871, during the government of the Fourth French Revolution, a fire consumed the whole of the quai d'Orsay quarter including the Palais d'Orsay where the Conseil d'Etat had met.
Long unoccupied, the site of the Palais Royal was finally purchased by the Compagnie Paris-Orléans, which used it for the construction of its new hotel and railway station, the Gare d'Orsay, designed by architect Victor Laloux. The hotel was originally intended to receive the visitors to the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900. It remained in use until after the Second World War.
Since 1986, this "station become a museum" has presented a remarkable collection of artistic works from 1848 to 1914: paintings and drawings, decorative arts, photographs, architectural drawings, film etc. - all of the arts of the second half of the 19th century are represented here.
The interior architecture has been profoundly altered, but the exterior facades remain those of a railway station, including the clock gables.
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