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Part of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Claude I Sené (1724–1792, master 1743)
Date: ca. 1775–80Accession Number: 1982.60.71
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Seven galleries were opened in 1982 to house the Jack and Belle Linsky Collection of almost four hundred European sculptures, paintings, and decorative arts from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century. Amassed over more than forty years, these works reflect the Linskys' highly personal collecting style, and their admiration for precious materials and rich details. Highlights include a mechanical table made for Madame de Pompadour (1721–1764), the mistress of Louis XV, and rare examples of eighteenth-century French furniture displayed in settings that evoke the Linskys' Fifth Avenue apartment.
In the 1920s the Linskys began assembling a distinguished collection of eighteenth-century European porcelain from most of the major centers of ceramic production. The figures they favored reflect the contemporary fascination with representing individuals engaged in the activities of daily life, as well as characters from the popular Italian theater known as commedia dell'arte.
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