Gilded Interiors: French Masterpieces of Gilt Bronze

Wallace Collection

4 May – 30 July 2017

Discover exquisite neoclassical interior design from the late-18th century.

 

Jean-Baptiste Lepaute, Mantel Clock, 1781

Gilt-bronze objects and decorations were favoured by the wealthiest collectors of the period such as Marie Antoinette and the Prince of Wales. Renowned sculptors, often working with the designs of architects, created clocks, candelabras and firedogs as well as embellishments on furniture and porcelain.

The exhibition explores and celebrates this dazzling, but sometimes neglected, period of interior design. Highlights include works by Pierre Gouthière, François Rémond and Claude Pitoin, and also a pair of firedogs consisting of eagles pinioning thunderbolts and dragons, lent by the Royal Collection.

Venue information

Opening times

Daily, including bank holidays, 10am – 5pm

Closed 24 – 26 Dec

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