Gilt Bronzes

The majority of Henry Clay Frick's decorative arts collection was acquired during the 1914 to 1918 campaign to furnish 1 East 70th Street, after the collector and his family had moved into their new residence. Among the objects acquired by Frick are several remarkable pieces of eighteenth-century French gilt bronze, including andirons, candelabra, and vases. The Collection holds several superb examples of monochrome Chinese vases adorned with French gilt-bronze mounts — objects combining the eighteenth-century vogue for Asian porcelains with a taste for elaborate gilt decoration.

Excerpted in part from: Bailey, Colin B. et al., The Frick Collection, New York (New York: The Frick Collection with Fondation BNP PARIBAS and Réunion des musées nationaux, Paris, 2011).

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