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Attributed to Bernard II van Risenburgh (ca. 1696–ca. 1767)
Date: ca. 1755–65Accession Number: 1983.185.3
Georges Jacob (French, 1739–1814, master 1765)
Date: ca. 1780–90Accession Number: 43.163.15
David Roentgen (German, Herrnhag 1743–1807 Wiesbaden, master 1780)
Date: ca. 1780–83Accession Number: 2007.42.1a–e, .2a–o, aa–nn
Attributed to Sulpice Brizard (ca. 1735–after 1798, master 1762)
Date: 1780–90Accession Number: 69.102.3
Jean-Baptiste III Lelarge (1743–1802)
Date: ca. 1775–80Accession Number: 23.147.2
Carving attributed to Barthélemy Cabirol (1732–1786)
Date: ca. 1785, with later additionsAccession Number: 43.158.1
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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. In contrast to the larger, formal rooms installed nearby, this charming circular period room is small and intimate. Dating to about 1785, the paneling, from a private residence in Bordeaux, is rhythmically divided by eight long and narrow panels. Decorated with arabesques and trophies, the carving is attributed to a local sculptor, Barthélemy Cabirol, and his workshop. The room is furnished with contemporary pieces, including a folding card table attributed to Bernard II van Risenburgh and a mechanical gaming table by David Roentgen.
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