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I really want to go to Deyrolle…

Deyrolle Shop
Deyrolle Shop Front
(Image sourced from here)

Picasso, he should have been a taxidermist!

“I’ve done your dog. It’s got nine eyes down the side, I made his head all square, 15 legs. What do you think of that?”

“Fido looks a bit weird”. Eddie Izzard

I’m going to Paris. I’M GOING TO PARIS!!! In September. Yeah, baby!

So, in addition to soaking up all the sights and sounds and tastes and smells, what I really want to do is visit Deyrolle.

Deyrolle AnimalsDeyrolles Taxidermie

Deyrolle Animaux Naturalises
Animaux naturalisés – Taxidermie – Deyrolle
(images from Deyrolle)

According to Vanity Fair’s ‘Animal House’ article, “Jean-Baptiste Deyrolle, a renowned entomologist, founded his taxidermy business in 1831. He passed on the store and his passion for the natural sciences to his son Achille, who became famous for mounting a Ceylonese elephant. (For reasons that are not hard to imagine, pachyderm taxidermy is among the most difficult and intricate kinds.) Achille’s son Émile moved Deyrolle to its fabled premises, at 46 Rue du Bac, in 1888. By then, the enterprise included not only taxidermy but also scientific equipment and furniture, along with printing and publishing, and employed more than 300 people. The Deyrolles were especially famous for their educational posters, which were translated into numerous languages and sold throughout the world. Deyrolle continued as a family business until 1978, when it was sold and fell into a period of slow decline.”

Deyrolle Entomologie

Entomologie, vente d’insectes et de papillons – Deyrolle
(images from Deyrolle)
Le cabinet de curiosités - Deyrolle
Le cabinet de curiosités Deyrolle
(images from Deyrolle)
Planche pedagogique ancienne - Deyrolle
Planche pedagogique ancienne – Deyrolle
(images from Deyrolle)

“Then Prince Louis Albert de Broglie took charge. Among Parisians, who regard the shop as their own and who are, by definition, opposed to change, there were the usual nervous mutterings. No one expected Louis Albert to bring Deyrolle back to its former glory—or more. But that is exactly what he did. He completely overhauled the establishment, refurbishing the ground floor, removing all the small offices on the second, and bringing the wood paneling back to its original 18th-century condition. Meanwhile, he immersed himself in the far-flung affairs of Deyrolle, convincing collectors and suppliers alike of his serious commitment to entomology and taxidermy. In time, the great collections were restored to their haunting magnificence.”

Doesn’t it just make you itch to visit?

Deyrolle can be found at 46 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris. The photographs are incredible but I, for one, can’t wait to see it in person!

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Comments (12)

That looks amazing, I am liking those posters too!!

Doesn’t it, BCD? I have to visit! Deyrolle is calling me…

What exciting mews!! Dig taxidermy? I’ve got a few more places up my sleeve for you. I’ll create a mini-list. One place is only open during les Journées Européennes du Patrimoine in September. But perhaps you’ll be there? This year, the dates are September 15th and the 16th. I’ll dig up a website link for the shop and the holiday. Even the Lancome factory is open for tours during the special weekend! T.

Hi lovely T – we only confirmed yesterday, so I am about to start trolling all your Paris pointers via peopleplacesandbling over the next couple of days.

Sadly, we arrive just after les Journées Européennes du Patrimoine… Merde!

Perhaps we could arrange a coffee (or tea)? 🙂

Paris – that is exciting news, TSL! And I can’t wait to see your taxidermy post – Deyrolle looks fantastic! I only hope the animals will be ‘wandering’ around the store as in these photos. Now, if LM didn’t take to a rug on the wall, any chance he’ll go for one of those creepy birds of prey hanging low from the ceiling? 😉

CAPITAL idea Sparks – I shall ask him! You are an inspiration!!! 🙂

I hope you will blog about the trip …this is exciting news!

Oh B – you lovely thing. It is wonderful news – for me, anyway! Thanks for your lovely response. The lovely LM doesn’t believe in giving me too much time to prepare, so I am trying to scout out an appropriate apartment before I do anything other planning.

Hopefully, some French inspired blog posts will come out of Paris!

Syders! That’s amazing news! Indian Summer in Paris 🙂 Are you going to go to Versailles? if so, a must-post on your blog! And the Ritz in Paris looks so beautiful for some lunch. from what i have seen on another blog, the Ritz and King George V has gorgeous interiors. And Hotel Costes is there too, as is the Buddha Bar. Ahh! Amazing!! So exciting. I’m going to send you Paris info as I come across it. Hope that’s ok with you 😉

Bless your cotton socks, Yogi M. I’m keen to go on a wee cycling trip to Versailles, so will have to post about it now!

Thanks for sending me through info – I’ll take anything you want to send my way, please!


Perhaps a little bit dull in light of this post but my first stop might be Le Rouvray. Enjoy!

Not dull at all, Sharon. Thanks for the tip!

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