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Watchmaker: Lambertus Vrythoff (recorded 1724–69)
Date: case ca. 1645, movement ca. 1750Accession Number: 17.190.1413
Barthélemy Prieur (French, Berzieux ca. 1536–1611 Paris)
Date: late 16th–early 17th centuryAccession Number: 24.212.12
Medalist: Jean Varin (1606–1672)
Date: 1645Accession Number: 25.203.6
After Giovanni Battista di Jacopo (Italian, Florence 1494–1540 Fontainebleau)
Date: early 17th centuryAccession Number: 1978.516.6
Medalist: Guillaume Dupré (French, 1574–1642)
Date: 1615Accession Number: 48.90.7
Guillaume Dupré (French, 1574–1642)
Date: 1605Accession Number: 1989.12.1
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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. This gallery demonstrates achievements by medalists in the reigns of Henri IV, Louis XIII, and Louis XIV. Guillaume Dupré and Jean Varin are both well represented. There are also bronze statuettes, notably those by Barthélemy Prieur, and a choice selection of watches and other instruments as well as objects of silver and iron.
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