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Deyrolle has always been more than a shop on the classy Rue du Bac. Founded 177 years ago by Jean-Baptiste Deyrolle, a well-known entomologist, Deyrolle has been a natural history emporium with the look and feel of a museum, except that just about everything was for sale.
Deyrolle’s stuffed menagerie ,from black crows to big-game animals, its cases of butterflies and beetles, its signature pedagogic posters and century-old prints have made it a place of pilgrimage.
some photos i took myself 3 years ago
Wes Anderson ( The Royal Tenenbaums, # The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox) wanted to shoot a movie there
So after a short circuit triggered a fire in the shop, Paris seemed to come together in an unusual display of solidarity.
French soldiers on a routine patrol smelled the smoke and tried to secure the building.
They were joined by dozens of firefighters and hundreds of police officers in battling the blaze. The French Army opened one of its nearby military depots as a warehouse for the burned animals and objects.
The beautifully haunting pics under were taken by photographer Laurent Bochet immediately after the fire and presented in a commemorative book 1000°C, Deyrolle - 1er février 2008, published by Assouline. At 120 euros it ain’t cheap, but it’s far more affordable than a stuffed elephant from the store, and much easier to keep on your coffee table too. But if your credit card’s a little toasted, there’s Le cabinet Deyrolle for beautiful images taken before the tragedy.
Deyrolle was saved because of the extraordinary enthusiasm of so many of its fan including Hermes, numerous artists that worldwide contributed to realise piece artwork for an auction done by Christie’s last November
Today, the store is as beautiful as ever, with still collection of large mammals, magnificent mounted birds and other beautiful and astonishing natural wonders.