Charlotte Vignon

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

 

The Story of Don Quixote: Tapestries, Paintings, and Prints

February 24, 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, respectively. 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.

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.

 

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.

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Precision and Splendor: Clocks and Watches at The Frick Collection

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.

Gold, Jasper, and Carnelian: Johann Cristian Neuber at the Saxon Court, May 30 through August 19, 2012

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.

Renaissance Maiolica from the Fontana Workshop

September 15, 2009 to January 17, 2010 Although it was not until 2008 that the first piece of maiolica entered The Frick Collection, it was an extraordinary debut: a large dish painted with a narrative scene, oristoriato, inspired by Marcantonio Raimondi's print after The Judgment of Paris by Raphael. This scene is surrounded by colorful grotesques delicately painted on a white ground, a specialty of the renowned workshop of Orazio Fontana in Urbino, to which the best pieces are usually attributed.

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