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OP UN AGE D'OR DES ARTS DECORATIFS, 1814-1848 (A Golden Age of Decorative Arts, 1814-1848). Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 1991. Organized and published by Reunion des musees nationaux, Paris. 550 pp. with 764 ills. (471 col., one foldout). 32 x 24 cm. ISBN 2711824659 In French.
Presenting a major review of the notable but little-studied achievements in French decorative arts under the Restoration and the July Monarchy, this massive catalogue provides extensive pictorial and textual documentation of some 300 objects, including elaborate pieces of furniture, table services in gold and silver, bronze figurines, timepieces, tapestries, glassware, jewelry, wallpapers, Sevres porcelain, bookbindings, reliquaries and other diverse works. Sixteen essays discuss the Neoclassical and eclectic historicist styles of the period, the impact on the decorative arts of royal patronage (particularly as reflected in major government-sponsored expositions) and the rise in bourgeois influences on artistic trends. Includes notes on some 170 artisans and manufactories represented in the show and a chronology correlating major historical and cultural developments.
Indexing: Western, Europe — France — 1800-1900 — Decorative Arts
Plans: 50,30
Worldwide Number: 023284
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