Kristel Smentek

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Kristel Smentek, Associate Professor of Art History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, delivers her lecture "Pierre-Jean Mariette: The Collector as Historian" on Friday, March 4, 2016. This lecture is part of the symposium A Demand for Drawings: Five Centuries of Collecting, co-presented by the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection and The Drawing Institute at The Morgan Library on Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, 2016.

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October 21, 2015

In 1766 a set of chinoiserie tapestries designed by François Boucher was presented to the Qianlong Emperor on behalf of the French administration. This lecture examines the circumstances of the gift and the remarkable Sino-French exchange of art objects it initiated.

Dark blue and gold mounted porcelain vase
Rococo Exotic: French Mounted Porcelains and the Allure of the East, March 6 through June 10, 2007
Dark blue and gold mounted porcelain vase

Rococo Exotic: French Mounted Porcelain and the Allure of the East

March 6, 2007 to September 9, 2007

In mid eighteenth-century France, elaborately mounted Asian porcelains were at the height of fashion. More Far Eastern porcelains with gilt bronze mounts were produced in the period between 1740 and 1760 than at any other point in European history, and Paris was the center of this phenomenon. Commissioned by the Parisian marchands merciers, or luxury merchants, artisans produced exquisite gilt bronze confections to adorn imported porcelains and often modified the porcelains themselves in order to adapt them to the décor of French interiors.