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Georges Jacob (1739–1814, master 1765)
Date: ca. 1782–83Accession Number: 23.235a
Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Date: ca. 1760–61Accession Number: 54.147.20a–d, .21a–d
Clockmaker: Jean-Baptiste-André Furet (ca. 1720–1807, master 1746–89)
Date: ca. 1784Accession Number: 58.75.127
Date: ca. 1785Accession Number: 58.75.27
Date: ca. 1770, with one modern panelAccession Number: 1976.91.1
Martin Carlin (French, near Freiburg im Breisgau ca. 1730–1785 Paris)
Date: ca. 1775Accession Number: 1976.155.99a, b
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Devoted to the decorative arts of seventeenth- and especially eighteenth-century France, The Wrightsman Galleries (522–529, 531–533, and 545–547) display the Museum's holdings of furniture, Savonnerie carpets, gilt bronze, Sèvres porcelain, silver, and gold boxes. Since the 1963 acquisition of the paneling from the Hôtel de Varengeville and the Palais Paar with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, these rooms have borne the Wrightsmans' name.
Enriching the Museum's already strong collections of French decorative arts, many of the objects and furnishings on display here were gifts of Mr. and Mrs. Wrightsman. The main focus of this period room, with its Neoclassical paneling, formerly installed in the Hôtel de Lauzun on the Île Saint-Louis in Paris, is a magnificent domed-tester bed. Dating to 1782–83, the woodwork of this bed, known as a lit à la duchesse en impériale, bears the stamp of Georges Jacob, one of the most successful menuisiers, or joiners, of the late eighteenth century. Jacob was also responsible for the seat furniture in this room. The furnishings include an unusual musical mantel clock as well as a Savonnerie carpet. Among the Sèvres porcelain on display is a rare surviving pair of wall sconces dating to about 1760–61.
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