On one of my early visits to Paris, walking back from the Place Vosges, I chanced upon this very interesting shop named Orphee. Located on the rue du Pont Louis Philippe, on the edge of the Marais district, it is a shop that buys and sells “Instruments de musique anciens.” It specializes in old and antique musical instruments from the 17th, 18th, 19th and the beginning of 20th century. I took this photo of the display room through the front window. The shop is run by a gentleman named Richard Charbit and he has an amazing assortment of antique instruments and other curiosities. I believe the shop is only open by appointment as the several times I have stopped by it has never been open. Orphee has a website in French and English with contact information and the website has a small 3D virtual tour that gives you a look around this amazing room and its treasures. The link to the Orphee website is below the photos…


This photo, of the interior of the Orphee, was taken in May of 2010 when I was in Paris researching a piece on Hemingway and the Lost Generation.

Orphee Front

This is what the shop looks like from across the rue du Pont Louis Philippe.



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