In 1767, Louis XV appointed Pierre Gouthière doreur seul ordinaire (gilder to the king), thus initiating his long, prestigious career in the service of the French court. In conjunction with the special exhibition, the show’s curator discusses the artist’s life and production, as well as his relationship to the powerful clientele he served.
A technical explanation of the process of bronze chasing and gilding used by Pierre Gouthière (1732–1813). This video was produced in conjunction with the exhibition Pierre Gouthière: Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court, on view at The Frick Collection from November 16, 2016, through February 19, 2017.
Pierre Gouthière: Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court
November 16, 2016 to February 19, 2017
The Frick Collection presents the first exhibition on Pierre Gouthière (1732–1813), the great French bronze chaser and gilder who worked for Louis XV and Louis XVI. The exhibition sheds new light on the artist’s production, life, and workshop through the presentation of twenty-one objects from public and private collections. Attributed with certainty to Gouthière, these works include clocks, vases, firedogs, wall lights, and mounts for Chinese porcelain and hardstone vases. The exhibition is organized by Charlotte Vignon, Curator of Decorative Arts, The Frick Collection. Based on new art historical and technical research, the exhibition and catalogue promise to transform our understanding of one of the greatest artists of eighteenth-century France.