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Fourteen identified German (Augsburg) goldsmiths and other German artisans; Japanese (Imari) porcelain maker
Date: ca. 1743–45Accession Number: 2005.364.1a–d–.48
Attributed to Michel Redlin (German, documented 1688)
Date: ca. 1680Accession Number: 2006.452a–c
Giovanni Battista Foggini (Italian, Florence 1652–1725 Florence)
Date: ca. 1680–82Accession Number: 1993.332.2
Design attributed to the architect Niccolo Michetti (Italian, died 1759)
Date: ca. 1715Accession Number: 69.292.1
Designed by François Boucher (French, Paris 1703–1770 Paris)
Date: designed 1734–36, woven 1762Accession Number: 64.145.3
Date: probably shortly before 1704Accession Number: 1996.7
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Energized forms with lavish decoration characterize the furniture, sculpture, and objects in this gallery. Originating in seventeenth-century Italy, the Baroque style was highly sculptural and favored architectural symmetry inspired by the classical Roman past. The Rococo style, valuing lightness, delicacy, and movement, emerged in the eighteenth century as a reaction to the stately formality of the Baroque. Artists used motifs drawn from nature: flowers, birds, and butterflies, as well as little pebbles and shells (rocailles and coquilles, in French—the words from which the term Rococo derives). Because of the growing European fascination with Asia, works of art that evoked those distant lands became increasingly popular, and so-called chinoiserie motifs were skillfully incorporated into the Rococo style.
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