French Rococo Ebenisterie in the J. Paul Getty Museum Gillian Wilson, Arlen Heginbotham, Anne-lise Desmas

Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication date:
28 Apr 2021
ISBN:
9781606066300
Imprint:
Getty Publications
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372 pages:

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The first comprehensive catalogue of the Getty Museum's significant collection of French Rococo ebenisterie furniture. This catalogue focuses on French ebenisterie furniture in the Rococo style dating from 1735 to 1760. These splendid objects directly reflect the tastes of the Museum's founder, J. Paul Getty, who started collecting in this area in 1938 and continued until his death in 1976. The Museum's collection is particularly rich in examples created by the most talented cabinet masters then active in Paris, including Bernard van Risenburgh II (after 1696-ca. 1766), Jacques Dubois (1694-1763), and Jean-Francois Oeben (1721-1763). Working for members of the French royal family and aristocracy, these craftsmen excelled at producing veneered and marquetried pieces of furniture (tables, cabinets, and chests of drawers) fashionable for their lavish surfaces, refined gilt-bronze mounts, and elaborate design. These objects were renowned throughout Europe at a time when Paris was considered the capital of good taste. The entry on each work comprises both a curatorial section, with description and commentary, and a conservation report, with construction diagrams. An introduction by Anne-Lise Desmas traces the collection's acquisition history, and two technical essays by Arlen Heginbotham present methodologies and findings on the analysis of gilt-bronze mounts and lacquer. www.getty.edu/publications/rococo

Gillian Wilson was curator of decorative arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum from 1971 to 2002. Arlen Heginbotham is conservator of decorative arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum.||Anne-Lise Desmas is senior curator of sculpture and decorative arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum.