A Phoenix Rises: 1000º: Deyrolle

Photographer Laurent Bochet has extraordinarily captured the terrible aftermath of the February 2008 fire at Paris’ most beloved cabinet de curiosités, Deyrolle.  The resulting book, 1000º: Deyrolle: Deyrolle from Assouline commemorates the official reopening in September.  While worse for wear, these animals and specimens get to be immortal twice.  

 1000º: Deyrolle, $160 at Assouline

All images © Laurent Bouchet and Assouline


  1. Maia says:

    This is so cool. I was just posting about Deyrolle and my lifelong love affair on my Voyageuses blog.

  2. my sister is there now visiting the store and was just talking to a co worker about the fire there yesterday!

    great images!

  3. Ohhh, I just ordered this book yesterday! So excited for it to arrive....

  4. Leciawp says:

    I'm going to have to order this book!

  5. Freya says:

    Oh this is so sad seeing what was left! I remember taking a sneaky shot of the lion at the end of 2007: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_gpp7GM5CjsM/StP7LpR_f5I/AAAAAAAABnY/morSxnQHj8o/s1600-h/PICT1219.JPG

  6. Author says:

    How heartbreaking it was to hear of the devastating fire at Deyrolle. Such amazing taxidermy and natural history. I've been a fan and collector for years, so I sympathize with the loss of such irreplaceable early material. Fortunately Deyrolle has arisen from the ashes. Bravo!
    What a lovely acknowledgement of this in the form of this book.

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  7. {Tara} says:

    I never heard about this fire...what a travesty! It is one of my dreams to visit Deyrolle. The last time I went to Paris I didn't know the store existed and now I'm kicking myself. I think I will share this link, if you don't mind!