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Hyacinthe Rigaud (French, Perpignan 1659–1743 Paris)
Date: ca. 1716–24Accession Number: 60.6
Jacques-Nicolas Roettiers (1736–1788, master 1765, retired 1777)
Date: 1775–76Accession Number: 1986.320a–c
attributed to Jean-François Roumier (master 1788, recorded 1793)
Date: ca. 1720–25, with later additionsAccession Number: 07.225.147
Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne the Younger (French, Paris 1704–1778 Paris)
Date: 1757Accession Number: 41.100.244
Jacques Demé (master in 1656)
Date: 1690–91Accession Number: 48.187.249, .250
Date: ca. 1690–1710Accession Number: 1983.526
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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. The Rococo paneling in this impressive room from an unknown Parisian house of about 1720–25 incorporates carved, gilt trophies that allude to the four seasons. The gallery is dominated by Hyacinth Rigaud's portrait of Louis XV, who is shown at the age of five, the year he succeeded to the crown.
Also displayed are approximately fifty pieces of French eighteenth-century silver from the Wentworth Collection, one of most important collections of such material in the country. Among the sculpture shown is a marble bust of Louis XV by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne that was made for Madame de Pompadour, whose image is represented by a bust by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle.
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