Art: Practically a Frenchman

With a gleaming cylinder of silk hat balanced ceremoniously in his left hand, France's President Gaston Doumergue walked through the galleries of the Petit Palais on the Champs Elysees last week to open, dedicate and inspect the completed home of a collection appraised at $5,000,000 and offered to the city of Paris nine years ago. For nearly an hour he wandered through beautifully paneled rooms, expressing his presidential approval of cabinets of Sevres and Meissen ("Dresden") porcelain, jeweled watches, Battersea enamel, signed furniture from the great French ebenistes, a priceless series...

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