French Art of the Eighteenth Century at the Huntington

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The book is notable as a study of the art from one culture as represented in a variety of media. Arranged in sections by media, it presents essays delineating the social, cultural, and artistic settings of the period and introducing the detailed studies of individual art works. These interconnected studies provided the basis for an examination of a broad range of issues concerning production and consumption and the use of these objects in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. The themes that emerge...
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Overview

The book is notable as a study of the art from one culture as represented in a variety of media. Arranged in sections by media, it presents essays delineating the social, cultural, and artistic settings of the period and introducing the detailed studies of individual art works. These interconnected studies provided the basis for an examination of a broad range of issues concerning production and consumption and the use of these objects in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. The themes that emerge from the study of The Huntington collection contribute to a nuanced understanding of French eighteenth-century domestic and cultural life and of the changing interpretations and continued popularity of French art among later collectors in America.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300135947
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 555
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword John Murdoch Murdoch, John

Henry and Arabella Huntington: The Staging of Eighteenth-Century French Art by Twentieth-Century Americans Shelley M. Bennett Bennett, Shelley M. 1

I Furniture

Working at Home in Eighteenth-Century France: Writing Desks in the Interiors of the Hotel Choiseul Carolyn Sargentson Sargentson, Carolyn 33

Catalogue Entries Florian Knothe Knothe, Florian 51

II Gilt Bronzes and Clocks

A Quest for Refinement: The Taste for Gilt Bronzes in the Huntington Collection Martin Chapman Chapman, Martin 135

Catalogue Entries Martin Chapman Chapman, Martin 144

III Porcelain

Reflections on Sevres at The Huntington: Sources for the Painted Decoration Jeffrey Weaver Weaver, Jeffrey 191

Catalogue Entries Jeffrey Weaver Weaver, Jeffrey 200

IV Textiles

Why Boucher? The Enduring Appeal of Boucher Tapestries Charissa Bremer-David Bremer-David, Charissa 285

Catalogue Entries Charissa Bremer-David Bremer-David, Charissa 292

V Paintings

Genre Painting in Eighteenth-Century France: The Huntington Collection Colin B. Bailey Bailey, Colin B. 337

Catalogue Entries Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell Chrisman-Campbell, Kimberly Heather MacDonald MacDonald, Heather 349

VI Snuff Boxes

Hand Made and Hand Held: Snuff Boxes in the Huntington Collection Michael Hall Hall, Michael 393

Catalogue Entries Michael Hall Hall, Michael 406

VII Sculpture

French Eighteenth-Century Sculpture: Replication, Repetition, and Reproduction Malcolm Baker Baker, Malcolm 443

Catalogue Entries Carolyn Miner Miner, Carolyn 453

Bibliographic Abbreviations 516

Index 529

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