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Marquetry by Alexandre-Jean Oppenordt (Dutch, 1639–1715, active France)
Date: ca. 1685Accession Number: 1986.365.3
Possibly after a design by Charles Le Brun (French, Paris 1619–1690 Paris)
Date: ca. 1683Accession Number: 46.43.1
Silver by Johann Valentin Gevers (German, ca. 1662–1737)
Date: ca. 1710Accession Number: 1989.20
Date: ca. 1683Accession Number: 46.43.3
After a design by Jean André Le Paute (1618–1682)
Date: ca. 1660–70Accession Number: 56.234.34
Date: ca. 1683Accession Number: 46.43.2
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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. This gallery is furnished as a state bedroom from the period of the Sun King. Although the room does not have period paneling, it has an imposing seventeenth-century limestone chimneypiece. The installation was conceived around four rare surviving needlework hangings that line the walls of a bed alcove. Commissioned about 1684–85 by Madame de Montespan, mistress of Louis XIV, these embroideries feature the king himself as well as three of their children. Pieces of furniture made by the French royal cabinetmakers, André Charles Boulle and Pierre Golle, are on display, as is Louis XIV's desk from his study at Versailles by Alexandre-Jean Oppenordt of 1685.
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