The upholstery is the most distinctive element of this settee. Made by the prestigious Manufacture de Beauvais, the back is decorated with the allegorical figures of Ceramics, Fertility and Fidelity, while the seat shows a cock fight, with a rural landscape on either side.
Jacques Caffieri was one of the biggest names in 18th-century bronze art. From the two almost sculpture-like children at the top to the exuberant decoration surrounding the whole piece, this cartel clock provides a perfect reflection of the trends of the period.
The gallery dedicated to European art from the 15th to the 17th centuries was also closed due to the renovation. It was thus necessary to remove the tapestries on display here, which illustrate the superb Italian textile production that reached its peak in the 16th century. In this work, titled ‘Fishing’, made after Giulio Romano, a group of cupids are enjoying themselves beside a brook in an idyllic landscape. During the renovation, these tapestries will be cleaned and studied, a process we hope to share soon.
Pair of mustard pots
This pair of mustard pots by Antoine-Sébastien Durand, constitutes a unique fusion of appearance and function: the handcarts pushed by the two children allow the mustard inside the barrels to be ‘wheeled’ quickly to any part of the dining table.
Portrait of Thomas Germain and His Wife
In this painting by Nicolas de Largillierre, we see the renowned silversmith Thomas Germain and his wife Anne-Denise Gauchelet. The couple is portrayed inside the artist’s workshop, in the Louvre, where we can identify various famous works of his creation.