About us

Frits Lugt and his wife, Jacoba Klever, created the Fondation Custodia in Paris in 1947. They housed their impressive collection in a building where the public could admire and study it. One of the largest private collections of old master drawings, prints and artists’ letters, the Fondation Custodia is considered the ‘home of works on paper’ in France. Situated in the Hôtel Turgot, an eighteenth-century hôtel particulier located between Rue de Lille and Rue de l’Université in the 7th arrondissement, the Fondation also has a remarkable collection of rare books, portrait miniatures, paintings, antiquities, stained glass, antique frames, sculptures, furniture and Chinese porcelain.