Among the most famous artists represented in this collection, are Carlo Bugatti, Emile Gallé, Louis Majorelle, and there is one of only two known sculptures by Alfons Mucha: La femme aux lys (Woman with Lilies). There are also some extremely rare pieces: a needlework table by Charles-Guillaume Diehl, a dressing table by Paul Auscher and an original plaster model of a fireback by Hector Guimard. Mme Josette Rispal has also offered personally a selection of objects and paintings relating to Sarah Bernhardt.
The Musée d'Orsay is devoting a special exhibition to this exceptional and unexpected rich addition to the museum collection as part of its twentieth anniversary celebrations.
Philippe Thiébaut, senior curator, Musée d'Orsay