Charlotte Vignon

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

 

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.

large dish painted with scene of mythological figures, ringed in white with decoration

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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Marble table with male figure supports on a gold base.

Turkish Taste at the Court of Marie-Antoinette

June 8, 2011 to September 11, 2011

France has long been fascinated by the Ottoman Empire, and for hundreds of years the taste for turquerie was evident in French fashion, literature, theater and opera, painting, architecture, and interior decoration. Turquerie, a term that came into use in the early nineteenth century, referred to essentially anything produced in the West that evoked or imitated Turkish culture.

small console table made of gilded wood and marble,  with supporting figures of Nubians, c.1780
Turkish Taste at the Court of Marie-Antoinette, June 8 through September 11, 2011

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