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The Archive Department

The archives of the Musée Cognacq-Jay are mostly devoted to reference documents covering the diverse array of works (drawings, paintings, sculptures, miniatures, furniture and other objects) which make up the collection bequeathed to the City of Paris in 1928 by Ernest Cognacq and his wife, as well as the works which have been added to this collection in the intervening years. The archives are home to over 1,200 item-specific dossiers, plus around 2000 academic works, monographs, exhibition catalogues and catalogues of other collections with links to the Musée Cognacq-Jay and the artists – primarily active in the eighteenth-century – represented here. The archives also include an extensive collection of press clippings concerning Ernest Cognacq and his wife, the Samaritaine de Luxe (1925-1927) and the inauguration of the Musée Cognacq-Jay on the Boulevard des Capucines in 1929. 

Information and appointments

The archives are open to visitors by appointment, and are accessible via the museum (8 Rue Elzévir - 75003 Paris). For more information or to make an appointment you can use the contact form on this site to send us an email, specifying the purpose of your visit.

Press reviews of the Cognacq-Jay museum

Archival resources

  • List of books available for on-site consultation at the library (in French)

Architecture, urbanisme, décor intérieur
Collections muséales
Dessin, miniature, céramique
Histoire de l'art du XVIIIe siècle - Généralités
Littérature monographies
Mobilier, objets d'art, mode
Peinture et dessin
Salons, collectionneurs
Thématiques monographies
Ouvrages usuels

  • About the permanent collections (in French)

Petits portraits en miniature, en émail et sur porcelaine, dans la collection d'Ernest Cognacq.

  • About the exhibitions (in French)

Sérénissime ! Venise en fête, de Tiepolo à Guardi, kids leaflet of the exhibition at the Cognacq-Jay museum, from February 24 to June 24, 2017.
Jean-Baptiste Huet, le plaisir de la nature, leaflet of the exhibition at the Cognacq-Jay museum, from February 6 to June 5, 2016.
Thé, café ou chocolat ? L'essor des boissons exotiques au XVIIIe siècle, leaflet of the exhibition at the Cognacq-Jay museum, from May 27 to September 27, 2015.


Musée Cognacq-Jay
8 rue Elzévir
75 003 Paris

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm

Admission to the permanent collections is free.

Please note that the museum is not wheelchair accessible and has no elevator.

Musées dessinés
Christelle Téa
9 septembre 2021 - 2 janvier 2022