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  • French Rococo Ébénisterie in the J. Paul Getty Museum
  • Gillian Wilson
  • 2021
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  • Published by: Getty Publications
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The first comprehensive catalogue of the Getty Museum’s significant collection of French Rococo ébénisterie furniture.

This catalogue focuses on French ébénisterie 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-François 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.

The free online edition of this open-access publication is available at www.getty.edu/publications/rococo/ and includes zoomable, high-resolution photography. Also available are free PDF, EPUB, and Kindle/MOBI downloads of the book, and JPG downloads of the main catalogue images.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Director’s Foreword
  2. Timothy Potts
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  1. Glossary of Woods Used in French Furniture from the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Introduction: Acquisitions History of the Rococo Ébénisterie Collection
  2. Anne-Lise Desmas
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  1. The Analysis of East Asian and European Lacquer Surfaces on Rococo Furniture
  2. Jessica Chasen, Arlen Heginbotham, Michael Schilling
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  1. Technical Note: The Use of X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (XRF) in the Technical Study of Gilt Bronze Mounts in This Catalogue
  2. Arlen Heginbotham
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  1. Catalogue
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  1. 1. Cabinet
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  1. 2. Pair of cabinets
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  1. 3. Cartonnier with serre-papiers, bout de bureau, and clock
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  1. 4. Pair of corner cupboards
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  1. 5. Commode à vantaux
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  1. 7. Pair of commodes
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  1. 8. Double desk
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  1. 9. Writing table
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  1. 10. Writing table (bureau plat)
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  1. 11. Corner cabinet
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  1. 12. Pair of corner cupboards
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  1. 13. Secrétaire
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  1. 14. Commode
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  1. 15. Writing table (bureau plat)
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  1. 16. Commode
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  1. 17. Two pairs of corner cupboards (encoignures)
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  1. 18. Mechanical reading, writing, and toilette table
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  1. 19. Writing and toilette table
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  1. 20. Commode
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  1. Bibliography
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781606066324
Related ISBN(s)
9781606066300
MARC Record
OCLC
1198988688
Launched on MUSE
2021-04-12
Language
English
Open Access
Yes

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