Charlotte Vignon

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


Link to French version of Pierre Gouthiere exhibition video

La vidéo ci-dessus explique les techniques de ciselure et de dorure employées par Pierre Gouthière (1732-1813). Elle a été produite pour accompagner l'exposition « Pierre Gouthière: Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court », qui se tient actuellement à la Frick Collection, jusqu'au 19 février 2017. 

Link to video of Charlotte Vignon lecture

In 1767, Louis XV appointed Pierre Gouthière doreur seul ordinaire (gilder to the king), thus initiating his long, prestigious career in the service of the French court. In conjunction with the special exhibition, the show’s curator discusses the artist’s life and production, as well as his relationship to the powerful clientele he served.

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 FranceFebruary 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.

Link to video about Huaud Pendant watch
This Gold and Enamel Pendant Watch (c. 1685) features a movement by Henry Arlaud (16311689) and enameling by Pierre II Huaud (1647c. 1698). The clock is featured in the exhibition Precision and Splendor: Clocks and Watches at The Frick Collectionon display from January 23, 2013, through February 2, 2014.
*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 CollectionJanuary 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.