Charlotte Vignon

Charlotte Vignon is Associate Curator of Decorative Arts, The Frick Collection. For more information, see Research > Staff > Profiles.


Link to introductory video for Coypel's Don Quixote Tapestries

Charlotte Vignon, Curator of Decorative Arts, introduces the exhibition Coypel’s Don Quixote Tapestries, Illustrating a Spanish Novel in Eighteenth-Century France, on view at the Frick Collection until May 17, 2015. For more information about this exhibition, please visit Click here for detailed image credits

Close-up of tapestry with three shepherdesses dancing
Coypel’s Don Quixote Tapestries: Illustrating a Spanish Novel in Eighteenth-Century France
February 25, 2015 to May 17, 2015

A masterpiece of comic fiction, Cervantes’s Don Quixote (fully titled The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha) enjoyed great popularity from the moment it was published, in two volumes, in 1605 and 1615. Reprints and translations spread across Europe, captivating the continental imagination with the escapades of the knight Don Quixote and his companion, Sancho Panza. The novel’s most celebrated episodes inspired a multitude of paintings, prints, and interiors.

Link to video about Weber table clock

This Gilt-Brass and Silver Table Clock with Astronomical and Calendrical Dials (c. 1653) was made by David Weber. The clock is featured in the exhibition Precision and Splendor: Clocks and Watches at The Frick Collectionon display from January 23, 2013, through March 9, 2014.

Gilt-Brass and Silver Table Clock

This Gilt-Brass and Silver Table Clock with Astronomical and Calendrical Dials by David Weber (1623/24−1704) was made in Augsburg, probably around 1653.

Click on the links below the image to hear the clock ticking or ringing.

For more information see:
Precision and Splendor: Clocks and Watches at The Frick Collection

*mantle clock in gilt bronze, flanked by with figures bronze figures with books representing Study and Philosophy
Precision and Splendor: Clocks and Watches at The Frick Collection
January 23, 2013 to March 9, 2014

The Frick Collection has one of the most important public collections of European timepieces in the United States, much of it acquired through the 1999 bequest of the New York collector Winthrop Kellogg Edey. This extraordinary gift of thirty-eight watches and clocks dating from the Renaissance to the early nineteenth century covers the art of horology in France, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. For reasons of space, only part of the collection can be on permanent view in the museum’s galleries. In 2001, many pieces from the Edey collection were featured in The Art of the Timekeeper: Masterpieces from the Winthrop Edey Bequest, an exhibition organized at the Frick by guest curator William J. H. Andrewes. In 2013, visitors had another opportunity to explore the breadth and significance of the Edey collection through an exhibition that presented fourteen watches and eleven clocks from his bequest.

photo of circular box decorated with pastoral scenes with gold and semiprecious stones
Gold, Jasper, and Carnelian: Johann Cristian Neuber at the Saxon Court, May 30 through August 19, 2012
gold four-legged table with ornate decoration
Gold, Jasper, and Carnelian: Johann Christian Neuber at the Saxon Court
May 30, 2012 to August 19, 2012

Since antiquity, gemstones (also known as hard or semiprecious stones) have been cut and polished for use in jewelry, in the creation of vases and cups, and in the decoration of palaces. Rediscovered and developed in sixteenth-century Florence, pietra dura (hard stone) objects were collected and sometimes used as political propaganda among the Medici. A sign of wealth, taste, and power, they were also offered as diplomatic gifts or acquired by foreign sovereigns.