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Carolyn Sargentson, independent art historian and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum, outlines how changing social practices altered the designs and styles of furniture, both for the nobility and the lower classes.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens on view October 30, 2012–January 27, 2013.
The exhibition and catalogue are made possible by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.
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Upright secretary (Secrétaire à abattant or secrétaire en cabinet)
Drop-front secretary on stand (Secrétaire à abattant or secrétaire en cabinet)
Jewel coffer on a writing stand (Coffre à bijoux)
Small writing desk (Bonheur du jour) (one of a pair)
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Specialized in flower painting, Tandart decorated not only useful wares such as tea services but also a number of large furniture plaques with ribbon-tied bouquets. The open shelves would have been used for the display of decorative objects, such as mounted vases, or cups and saucers.
Signature: (once on each back stile near the top, with the joined initials of the cabinetmakers' jury) M. CARLINMarking: see catalogue cards filed under Ceramics-Porcelain, French, Sèvres, XVIII century
Sir Charles Mills, Baronet ; The Lords Hillingdon ; The Samuel H. Kress Foundation (until 1958)
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