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Part of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Claude I Sené (1724–1792, master 1743)
Date: ca. 1775–80Accession Number: 1971.206.18
Savonnerie Manufactory (Manufactory, established 1626; Manufacture Royale, established 1663)
Date: 1668–85Accession Number: 58.75.129
Clockmaker: Jean Godde l'aîné (master horologer, ca. 1668–1748/49)
Date: ca. 1740–45Accession Number: 1971.206.27
Designed by architect Isidor Canevale (1730–1786)
Date: ca. 1765–72, with later additionsAccession Number: 63.229.1
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Devoted to the decorative arts of seventeenth- and especially eighteenth-century France, The Wrightsman Galleries (522–529, 531–533, and 545–547) display the Museum's holdings of furniture, Savonnerie carpets, gilt bronze, Sèvres porcelain, silver, and gold boxes. Since the 1963 acquisition of the paneling from the Hôtel de Varengeville and the Palais Paar with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, these rooms have borne the Wrightsmans' name.
Enriching the Museum's already strong collections of French decorative arts, many of the objects and furnishings on display here were gifts of Mr. and Mrs. Wrightsman. A testimony to the widespread influence of French eighteenth-century styles is the paneling in this gallery, created in about 1765–72 for Palais Paar in Vienna. Displaying triple moldings enriched with foliate and shell motifs and flowers, the Museum's paneling is executed in a French late Rococo style. This large, formal room features one of the famous Savonnerie carpets created during the late seventeenth century for the Grande Galerie at the Louvre Palace. Among the furnishings is a splendid wall clock in gilt bronze by Charles Cressent, as well as seat furniture made for the gaming rooms of two French royal palaces.
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