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City of Paris - Expo Antwerp 1930

City of Paris at the Exhibition Expo Antwerp 1930
© Hersleven
Architect(s) : Georges Sebille

Between the Palais de la France and the Palais de ses Colonies, the city of Paris, wishing to give the city of Antwerp a token of its unfailing friendship, had a modern architectural palace built according to the plans of Mr Georges Sebille. On the main façade, the silhouettes of the main monuments of Paris, Notre-Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Invalides, Panthéon, etc., were profiled in a harmonious whole.

The interior of the pavilion was an ensemble of decorative art and modern furniture, created by a group of professors and former students of the professional schools of the city of Paris, with a display of the most recent works from the Manufactures Nationales de Beauvais, des Gobelins and de Sèvres.

In the centre of the reception hall, a huge round table in ironwork and marble. Opposite the entrance door, a polished steel interior grille, cabochons of moulded glass; on either side two polished steel floor lamps with alabaster basin; two brushed wrought iron consoles with marble tops, glass backs; two steles in embossed sheet metal, six large armchairs in rosewood covered in velvet, numerous objets d'art, carpets from the Manufacture of Gobelins.

All around the hall, in separate stands, there were very different exhibitions, with modern lighting specially set up for the type of presentation.

Powerful spotlights, scattered around the gardens, illuminated the façade of the Paris pavilion every evening and brought out its reliefs.

©Le livre d'or de l'Exposition Internationale Coloniale, Maritime et d'Art Flamand - Anvers 1930