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Guillaume Boichot (1735–1814)
Pair of Vases Depicting the Calydonian Boar Hunt
ca. 1800
Terracotta
Each, h. 13 in. (33 cm)
Private collection

Location: Boucher Room 


The reliefs surrounding this extraordinary pair of vases portray sequential episodes in the legend of the Greek warrior Meleager, related by Ovid in the Metamorphoses. On the vase at left, the striding Meleager... MORE »

Garniture of One Clock and Two Vases
(Vase à anses à tire-bouchon)
Clock movement by Jean Martin (active 1737-86)
Chinese porcelain, Qianlong period (1736-95)
French Gilt-bronze mounts, c. 1764
Clock: 21 x 8 in. (53.3 x 20.3 cm)
Vases: 14 x 9 in. (35.6 x 22.9 cm)
Private collection

Location: Library


Although by the eighteenth century mechanisms had become both reliable and accurate, clocks continued to function as important status symbols indicating their owners’ wealth and refinement. This set is made with three vases... MORE »

Pediment Clock
Movement by Lenoble (dates unknown)
Gilt-bronze mounts attributed to François Rémond (1747–1812)
31 5/8 x 19 3/8 x 8 1/4 in (80.3 x 49.2 x 21 cm)
French, Paris, c. 1790
Private collection

Location: Library


This imposing clock exemplifies the role played by sculpture in the design of clock cases in late eighteenth-century France. Two caryatids in black bronze, draped in antique style, were modeled by an unknown sculptor who... MORE »

Console Table
French, c. 1735
Gilt wood, marble
26 1/2 x 58 3/4 x 1 3/4 in. (67.3 x 149.2 x 4.4 cm) 
Private collection

Location: West Vestibule


This resplendent console table juxtaposes architectural forms with the undulating motifs of the French Rococo. Two legs and a sculpted base support a polychrome marble surface, and elaborate carving — sweeping curves and... MORE »

Pair of Mounted Petrified Wood Vases
French, c. 1740–50
Petrified wood, gilt bronze
13 1/4 x 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (33.7 x 21.6 x 14 cm)
Private collection

Location: West Vestibule


Carved from fossilized wood polished to a reflective, stone-like surface, this unique pair of vases embodies the exotic, lavish taste of eighteenth-century collectors. Natural materials, such as agate, porphyry, and marble,... MORE »

Mounted “Maiblümen” Vase
Porcelain: Meissen manufactory, Germany, c. 1740
Mounts: French, c. 1750
Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration, gilt bronze
16 1/8 x 12 in. (41 x 30.5 cm)
Private collection

Location: West Vestibule


This rare flower-covered Meissen vase with scenes after the painter Jean-Antoine Watteau and French gilded mounts exemplifies the cosmopolitanism of eighteenth-century decorative arts. Based on Chinese designs, the floral-... MORE »

Pair of Candlesticks
After a design by Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier
French, Paris, c. 1735
Gilt bronze
12 1/4 x 8 x 6 in. (31.1 x 20.3 x 15.2 cm)
Private collection

Location: South Hall

 


The dramatic asymmetry and exaggerated curvature of this pair of candlesticks typifies Rococo style. Architectural bands, ribbed petals, and rippling lines coalesce as cascading flowers and draping curves draw the eye upward... MORE »

Pierre-Jean David d'Angers (1788–1856)
Ann Buchan Robinson, 1831
Marble
19 1/4 x 9 x 7 1/2 in. (48.9 x 22.9 x 19.1 cm)
Museum of the City of New York, Gift of J. Philip Benkard II, 1958 (58.369.3)

Location: North Hall


One of the first works by David to enter an American collection, this privately commissioned portrait depicts the wife of Captain Henry Robinson (1782–1866), who operated a shipping firm between New... MORE »

Joachim Anthonisz Wtewael (1566–1638)
Adam and Eve, 1610–15
Oil on copper
15 1/8 x 11 13/16 in. (38.4 x 30.1 cm)
Private collection

Location: Octagon Room (adjacent to the Ante-Room)


The story of Adam and Eve is one of the most enduring in the history of art. With its momentous subject — the creation of humankind — and riveting themes of seduction, deceit, punishment, and redemption, it has long... MORE »

Longcase Regulator Clock
Case by Balthazar Lieutaud (d. 1780)
French, Paris, c. 1750–55
93 ½ x 24 ½ x 9 in. (237.5 x 62.2 x 22.9 cm)
Private collection

Location: East Vestibule


The impressive long-case regulator clock displayed in the East Vestibule near the museum’s Entrance Hall was made in Paris around 1750−55, when the fashion for rococo design was at its peak. A perfect example of this highly... MORE »

Mounted Vase
(Daguerre ovale or cassolette à monter)
Hard-paste porcelain from the Royal Manufactory of Sèvres
Gilt-bronze Mounts attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751–1843)
French, Paris, c. 1786–88
14 ¾ x 15 1/8 x 7 ¼ in. (37.5 x 38.4 x 18.4 cm)
Private collection

Location: North Hall


Between 1786 and 1788, the Royal Manufactory of Sèvres produced a dozen round and oval vases in dark blue hard-paste porcelain that were fitted with gilt-bronze mounts attributed to the renowned bronzemaker Pierre-Philippe... MORE »

Mounted Potpourri Vase and Cover
(Vase à anses à tire-bouchon)
Royal Manufactory of Sèvres, c. 1763–70
French gilt-bronze mounts, c. 1785
Soft-paste porcelain
18 11/16 x 11 7/16 x 9 9/16 in. (47.5 x 29 x 24.3 cm)
Private collection

Location: Fragonard Room


This exquisite soft-paste potpourri vase on view in the Fragonard Room was made by the Royal Manufactory of Sèvres around 1763–70. Its gilt-bronze mounts were added later, around 1785. The... MORE »

Fountain Surmounted by a Unicorn
Lewin Dedeke (1660-1733)
Germany, Hanover, c. 1705
Silver
28 3/4 in. (73 cm)
Private collection

Location: Dining Room


One of a pair of fountains belonging to a large silver service made between 1705 and 1725 for the royal Hanover family of Germany

Fountain Surmounted by a Lion
Johann Wilhelm Voigt I (active 1716-1765)
Germany, Osnabrück, c. 1725
Silver
28 3/4 in. (73 cm)
Private collection

Location: Dining Room


One of a pair of fountains belonging to a large silver service made between 1705 and 1725 for the royal Hanover family of Germany

One of a Pair of Silver Basins
Lewin Dedeke (1660-1733)
Silver
Germany, Hanover, c. 1705
22 7/16 x 16 3/4 in. (57 x 42.5 cm)
Private collection

Location: Dining Room


One of a pair of basins belonging to a large silver service made between 1705 and 1725 for the royal Hanover family of Germany.

One of a Pair of Silver Basins
Johann Wilhelm Voigt I (active 1716-1765)
Germany, Osnabrück, c. 1725
Silver
22 7/16 x 16 3/4 in. (57 x 42.5 cm)
Private collection

Location: Dining Room


One of a pair of basins belonging to a large silver service made between 1705 and 1725 for the royal Hanover family of Germany.

Francesco Guardi (1712–1793)
View of the Giudecca Canal and the Zattere, c. 1765–70
Oil on canvas
47 1/4 x 80 3/4 in. (120 x 205.1 cm)
Private collection

Location: West Gallery


A spectacular view of Venice by Guardi on long-term loan from a private collection can be seen in the East Gallery. This painting is notable in the artist’s oeuvre for its ample dimensions, matched only by two other ... MORE »

Giambologna (1529–1608)
Astrology, mid-1570s
Wax on wood base
3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
The Quentin Foundation

Location: Enamels Room


Giambologna’s  wax model of Astrology, a generous long-term loan from The Quentin Foundation, is displayed in the Enamels Room, where it can be enjoyed alongside Renaissance bronzes, ceramics, paintings, and enamels... MORE »

Simone Martini (c. 1284–1344) and studio
Christ on the Cross between the Virgin and Saint John, 1340
Tempera and gold leaf on panel
17 1/2 x 7 15/16 in. (44.5 x 20.2 cm)
The Phillips Family Collection

Location: Enamels Room


An exquisite gold-ground painting by Simone Martini (c. 1284–1344) and his assistants is on view in the Enamels Room, thanks to a long-term loan by the Phillips Family Collection. Visitors can experience this... MORE »