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Part of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Franz Anton Bustelli (Swiss, Locarno ca. 1720–1763 Munich)
Date: ca. 1763Accession Number: 1974.356.524
Manufacured by Meissen Manufactory (German, 1710–present)
Date: ca. 1732Accession Number: 1988.294.1
Attributed to Johann Michael Bauer (German, Westheim 1710–1779 Bamberg)
Date: ca. 1763–64Accession Number: 1974.356.120a
Possibly by Johann Erhard Heiglen (German, before 1687–1757)
Date: ca. 1730Accession Number: 1977.1.11
Ignaz Günther (German, Altmannstein 1725–1775 Munich)
Date: ca. 1755Accession Number: 2008.28
Bernhard H. Weyhe (1702–1782)
Date: 1769–71Accession Number: 2009.263a–c
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An extension of The Wrightsman Galleries (522–529, 531–533, and 545–547), this gallery displays the impact of French art on the German-speaking cultural area and some neighboring regions. 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.
An octagonal display gallery presents German porcelains ranging from early Meissen to rare objects from small manufactories. The interplay of art and nature—so typical for the Rococo—is documented by a group of furnishings from Seehof Castle, near Bamberg. A richly carved commode and a pair of double doors, possibly made for the Munich Residence, represent the Bavarian Electoral Court designer François Cuvilliés (1695–1768). Inventive goldsmiths' objects, glass, ceramics, and intriguing sculptures in various media illustrate the artistic similarities as well as the dramatic diversity of Central Europe.
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