The collection includes a number of objects whose disparate nature reflects the diversity of sources of inspiration brought together for the young artists. The objets d’art and furniture mainly come from the furnishings of the Royal Academy, or from the donation made by the decorator Claude-Aimé Chenavard. The school also houses small objects revealing the daily life of antiquity, including vases, mosaic fragments, oil lamps, and figurines, from donations such as that by painter Sébastien Norblin de la Gourdaine, architect Joseph Frédéric Debacq, and numismatist Achille Wasset, whose collection also indudes an important group of Renaissance coins and plaques. In this area, Beaux-Arts de Paris has more than 10,000 including the works by winners of the Prix de Rome for medal engraving, founded in 1804. The collection still boasts a set of cork maquettes of ancient architecture, collected at the beginning of the 19th century, for the training of young architects.
© Torchère-cariatide de l’Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture, avec une allégorie de la géométrie, second half of the 17th century, golden wood, 175 x 53 cm