Dobree Museum

Nantes | France

About the Museum

The Musee Dobree is a museum in Nantes, France, which houses the collection of Thomas Dobree. Dobree, who was born into a wealthy Huguenot family in the 19th Century, started to collect art at the age of 28 and built himself a large palace in the Romanesque Revival style. He acquired over 10,000 objects during his lifetime, which included books such as incunables and old Breton printed books, along with miniature paintings on manuscripts, autographs, coins, medals and the other graphic arts (notably German and Dutch engravings). His collection also included important holdings of sculpture, paintings and decorative art objects from the Middle Ages to the end of the 19th century. When he died he left the collection and the palace to the Département de Loire-Inférieure and it is now on view to the public.

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