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François Thomas Germain (French, Paris 1726–1791 Paris, master 1748)
Date: 1757Accession Number: 33.165.1
P R (British, early-mid 18th century)
Date: 1741Accession Number: 1976.155.23
Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Date: 1789Accession Number: 2008.529, .530
Edme-Pierre Balzac (1705–ca. 1786, master 1739, recorded 1781)
Date: 1757–59Accession Number: 48.187.418a–c
Vincennes Manufactory (French, ca. 1740–1756)
Date: ca. 1752–53Accession Number: 50.211.168a, b, .169
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This carved-oak shop front (1775–77) from the Île Saint-Louis, Paris, reveals how significant the taste for decoration evoking ancient Greece and Rome, as expressed in the Neoclassical style, had become in France. It is not known what type of merchandise was originally shown behind this shop's windows. Catering to an upscale clientele, however, the marchands merciers (dealers in luxury goods) who owned such shops displayed precious silver, snuffboxes, and mounted porcelain pieces. These objects were made especially to attract the attention of the discriminating consumer. While the marchands merciers did not execute the pieces themselves, they played a role in their design and arranged for upkeep and repair.
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