The 1867 Universal Exhibition in Paris

An important Universal Exhibition, that one of 1867 innovated by proposing every invited country to build a construction representing their architecture, the national Pavilions. Held in Paris, it hosts the public in the Palais Omnibus, around which a huge Park enables to travel from a pavilion to another. More than ever, the World’s Fair is the meeting of all nations.

Indeed, Japan is represented for the first time, by Tokugawa Akitake’s delegation. Russia is guest of honor, and sets several typical buildings, notably Isbas which stayed in the French capital. Last but not least, Egypt brings an important collection of antiques, statues and mummies.

In the Decorative Arts, the Grand Prix is given to Fourdinois for a huge Cabinet sculpted with winged chimeras, while Guillaume Diehl presents a cabinet inspired by the Merovingian past, a curiosity of the Exhibition now kept at the Orsay Museum in Paris.

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