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The Wrightsman Galleries for French Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide and Jeffrey Munger

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June 8, 2010
272 pages, 8 x 10
29 b/w + 228 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300155204

Published in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan’s holdings of late 17th- and 18th-century French decorative arts, unrivaled outside Europe, are on display in nine magnificent paneled period rooms and three galleries. This suite of spaces is named for Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, whose extraordinary generosity made the installations possible and who also donated many of the furnishings from their own celebrated collection. The first book on the Wrightsman Galleries since 1979, this beautifully illustrated volume presents detailed descriptions of the period rooms and 116 of the most important artworks on view, including wood paneling and furniture, chimneypieces and fireplace furnishings, textiles and leather, portraits, gilt bronze, porcelain, silver, and decorative boxes, many of which have a royal provenance. The text incorporates the results of recent research and conveys the illuminating comments of contemporaries as expressed in diaries, travel guides, craft manuals, and correspondence.

Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide and Jeffrey Munger are curators in the Metropolitan Museum’s Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts.
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