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Part of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Date: ca. 1785Accession Number: 1977.83
Jean Henri Riesener (French, Gladebeck, near Hessen 1734–1806 Paris)
Date: 1781Accession Number: 49.7.117
Pierre-Adrien Paris (1747–1819)
Date: ca. 1777–80Accession Number: 44.128
Georges Jacob (French, 1739–1814, master 1765)
Date: 1784Accession Number: 1977.102.13
Jean-Baptiste-Claude Sené (1748–1803)
Date: ca. 1788Accession Number: 41.205.2
Date: 1788Accession Number: 41.205.1
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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. Delightful arabesques painted in pastel colors form the chief decoration of this many-sided boudoir, which was part of a private residence, the Hôtel de Crillon, in Paris. Set into the paneling are four angled mirrors which beautifully reflect the wall decoration and create infinite views of the room itself. Among the furnishings are several pieces of furniture made for Marie Antoinette: a mechanical table by Jean-Henri Riesener of 1781, a pair of side chairs by Georges Jacob that celebrate the first manned hydrogen balloon flight of 1783, and a daybed and bergère by Jean-Baptiste-Claude Sené of 1788.
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