Hôtel Royal of the Goblins.
In consequence of an edict of Louis XIV. Monseigneur Colbert having restored and enriched with magnificence the palates of
the king, in particular the Louvre and Tuileries, thought of creating a manufacture for pieces of furniture suitable with the splendour of these buildings:
with this project in sight it called in all the kingdom and in the foreign nations the workmen able in various arts and art's work; in particular painters,
weavers, sculptors, goldsmiths, ébonists, et cætera. To do the establishment envisaged firm and durable, it advised the king to buy the Goblins property, so
that these artists can work there with their eases. It issued for their direction a system of laws, or policy, in seventeen articles. By the latter it is
regulated, that new manufacture will be under the administration of a superintendant of the "arts and buildings of the king", that in said manufacture the
ordinary Masters will be responsible for all the actions and processes brought by unspecified of the people, their servants and people in charge; that no
other work of tapestry will be imported from any other country, et cætera. The Goblins since remained the first manufacture of this kind in the world.
Quantity of finest and noblest art work which was produced by it, and numbers of the best talents which it arouses, is quite simply incredible;
the current condition of blooming of decorative arts of France is, in a great thanks, debtor to it. The work of the tapestry, in particular, is its glory.
During the superintendance of M. Colbert, and of its successor M. of Louvois, the realization of the tapestry is practised with a degree of perfection, seldom
lower than what was made by the English and in other provinces of France. Battles of Alexandre, four seasons, four elements, palates of the king, and a series
of the principal actions of the life of Louis XIV, from its first marriage to the first conquest of Franche county, conceived by M. Le Brun, director of the
manufacture of the Goblins, are master pieces in their kind.
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On the Gobelins avenue, the building has been buid in 1912 by Formige after the fire of 1871. It is curently now refitted to accomodate a gallery of exhibition.