Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/exhibitions/35350903/

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

The stylistic movement known as rococo, which began in eighteenth-century France, has infused design objects with a sinuous, organic, and sensuous impulse for three centuries. In its original manifestation, rococo dominated French design from 1730 to 1765, during the reign of Louis XV. The king and his mistress Madame de Pompadour endorsed the rococo spirit, as it reflected their predilection for an intimate lifestyle and their love of extravagance. Rococo turned away from the contraints of classicism's geometry toward nature for models, celebrating the tactile as well as the visual, the fantastical over the intellectual. Designers competed to produce highly original, eccentric, and exotic designs in silver, refined woods, textiles, and ceramics, all of which appealed to the senses and emotions. Rococo design ideas, transmitted by decorative-arts prints, objects, and the traveling designers themselves, quickly spread to England, the Netherlands, the German states, the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, and America. The rococo impulse went underground during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, when neoclassicism prevailed, then resurfaced in England under the flamboyant Prince Regent, later George IV, and in France during the Second Empire (1852-70). Rococo's most significant later interpretation occurred internationally from about 1880 to 1915, when designers found inspiration in the natural flow of the rococo aesthetic for a new design concept known as Art Nouveau. While the austere geometry of modernism governed much of design thinking during the twentieth century, designers continually returned to organic, natural curves as a source of inspiration in the 1930s, 1950s, and the psychedelic 1960s. More recently, the rococo spirit has burst forth once again as a creative force. Through the past 300 years, the generative influences behind rococo and its revivals appear to be similar. Rococo erupts in reaction to periods of severe constraint and thrives in times of burgeoning economic prosperity. Rococo objects speak to human desires that go beyond simple necessity, and many are works of extreme craftsmanship. They tap into the sensuous, pleasure-seeking aspects of design when designers and their patrons seek creative freedom and fantasy. Finally, rococo reflects increased respect for the feminine, with objeccts referencing the female form. Rococo: The Continuing Curve, 1730-2008 places the exuberant movement within the historic continuum, bringing together an unprecedented collection of designers and objects of different eras to celebrate the joyful and liberating spirit of rococo.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18488125/

  • mold-blown and iridized glass
  • Gift of Stanley Siegel, from the Stanley Siegel Collection
  • interior
  • decoration
  • container
  • home
  • organic
  • multicolored
  • luxury
  • peacocks
  • iridescent
  • art nouveau
  • fans
  • trumpeted
  • striated
  • swirls
  • Favrile

This vase exhibits the brilliant blue tones that Tiffany’s workshop achieved in favrile glass. The “Peacock” vase celebrates Tiffany’s revival of the decorative technique of feathering that had been in use since Roman times. Thin filaments of differently colored batches of glass form long, sinuous lines that were fashionable in the art nouveau style.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18170349/

  • Designed by Pierre Edme Babel
  • black chalk, pen and black ink, brush and black wash on laid paper

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18170467/

  • Designed by Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier
  • pen and gray ink, brush and watercolor, gouache, gold paint, black chalk on white laid paper
  • architects
  • artists
  • ceilings
  • architecture
  • interior
  • illusionistic
  • horses
  • figures
  • allegory
  • preparatory
  • green
  • art
  • painters
  • vaults
  • chariots
  • gods
  • pendentive
  • heavens
  • rococo
  • ornament
  • Apollo
  • putti
  • clouds
  • light
  • mythology

In 1905, the Hewitt sisters were introduced to Jean-Léon Decloux in Paris during one of their acquisitions trips. Decloux collected drawings, print albums, and decorative arts objects, and soon became one of their agents for purchasing works on paper. To cement the relationship, he quickly donated examples of French ornamental paneling. On Decloux’s recommendation, the Hewitt sisters encouraged the museum’s advisory council to purchase over 500 drawings from Decloux’s collection in 1911; in 1921, the museum acquired 413 albums of Decloux’s ornament prints and related preparatory drawings.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18170475/

  • Designed by Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier
  • pen and brown and black ink, black chalk, brush and yellow, pale green, gray, and brown washes on white laid paper
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18171721/

  • Designed by Johann August Nahl the Elder
  • pen and black ink, brush and gray and light violet wash, graphite on white laid paper, ruled border in pen and black ink

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18172029/

  • pen and brown ink, brush and gray wash, black chalk on white laid paper

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18172437/

  • pen and black ink, brush and black wash, gray-blue watercolor on paper, laid down

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18180805/

  • pen and brush and black ink, wash, graphite on cream laid paper

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18215675/

  • etching, printed from two plates, hand colored with brush and watercolor on paper
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18220609/

  • etching and engraving on white laid paper
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
  • artists
  • collectors
  • rococo
  • trees
  • botanical
  • royal court
  • branches
  • fruit
  • stairs
  • curvilinear
  • print collectors
  • nature
  • goats
  • vines

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18222315/

  • Designed by Jean Lamour
  • engraving on heavy cream laid paper
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18222845/

  • Designed by Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier
  • etching on off-white laid paper
  • collectors
  • fish
  • rococo
  • putti
  • curves
  • dining
  • organic
  • designers
  • scrolls
  • tableware
  • print collectors
  • aristocratic
  • crustaceans
  • eel
  • crayfish

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18223003/

  • Designed by Alexis Peyrotte
  • etching on white laid paper

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18224579/

  • Designed by Johann Michael Hoppenhaupt II
  • etching and engraving on white laid paper
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18229697/

  • Designed by François Boucher
  • etching in red ink on white laid paper
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18242051/

  • Designed by François de Cuvilliés the Elder
  • etching, engraving on off-white laid paper
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
  • furniture
  • drawing
  • engraving
  • desks
  • table
  • etching
  • furniture design

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18250043/

  • Designed by Franz Xaver Habermann
  • etching, engraving on white laid paper
  • collectors
  • rococo
  • dining
  • asymmetry
  • vases
  • designers
  • luxury
  • fantasy
  • urns
  • ornate
  • print collectors
  • metalsmiths
  • curved
  • pitchers
  • acanthus

In 1905, the Hewitt sisters were introduced to Jean-Léon Decloux in Paris during one of their acquisitions trips. Decloux collected drawings, print albums, and decorative arts objects, and soon became one of their agents for purchasing works on paper. To cement the relationship, he quickly donated examples of French ornamental paneling. On Decloux’s recommendation, the Hewitt sisters encouraged the museum’s advisory council to purchase over 500 drawings from Decloux’s collection in 1911; in 1921, the museum acquired 413 albums of Decloux’s ornament prints and related preparatory drawings.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18251901/

  • Designed by Jacques de Lajoüe
  • engraving on white laid paper
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18252195/

  • Designed by Jacques de Lajoüe
  • etching on white laid paper

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18282717/

  • Designed by Thomas Chippendale
  • etching on off-white laid paper
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
  • design
  • rococo
  • ornamental
  • seating
  • furniture makers
  • elegant

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18310347/

  • Designed by Jacques de Lajoüe
  • etching, engraving on white laid paper
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18312091/

  • papier-mâché, wood, mother-of-pearl, velvet, paper, paint, gilt, ivory
  • Bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane
  • decoration
  • storage
  • inlay
  • chest

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18318357/

  • silk and metal-wrapped silk-core threads

This sumptuous silk shows how skilled 18th-century French weavers were in the production of textiles for the luxury market. With its characteristic rococo patterning, this confection of a dress fabric has its S-curves trimmed with the black-tipped tails of ermine, a fur typically reserved for the coronation robes of royal figures.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18319037/

  • porcelain, vitreous enamel
  • figures
  • walking
  • decorative
  • accessories
  • pastoral
  • chinoiserie

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18319993/

  • Manufactured by Nathaniel Mills & Sons
  • repoussé and chased moulded sheet silver
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • rococo
  • castles
  • upper class
  • transport
  • foliage
  • scrolls
  • cases

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18329527/

  • Designed by Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier
  • pen and black ink, brush and gray wash, black chalk on paper
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18335291/

  • Designed by François Boucher
  • etching, engraving on white paper
  • architecture
  • rococo
  • antiquity
  • water
  • trees
  • animals
  • asymmetry
  • temple
  • designers
  • fantasy
  • columns
  • fellow academicians
  • fountains
  • shell
  • ornate
  • artisans
  • wildlife
  • romantic
  • shells
  • portico
  • nature
  • sea life

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18344323/

  • painted parchment leaf, carved, pierced, painted and gilt ivory sticks
  • butterflies
  • flowers
  • women's fashion accessories
  • personal environmental control
  • personal adornment
  • shells
  • foliate
  • insects
  • musicians

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18344863/

  • carved laminated and steamed rosewood veneer, oak (frame), silk upholstery (not original)
  • Gift of Mrs. Edwin Gould
  • interior
  • domestic interiors
  • seating
  • curvilinear
  • comfort
  • carved
  • intricate

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18344893/

  • rosewood, maple, glass mirror, brass
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor
  • interior
  • decoration
  • personal
  • floral
  • decorative
  • foliate
  • line
  • table
  • demi-lune

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18383205/

  • Designed by Hector Guimard
  • silk
  • monochrome
  • apparel fabric
  • sheer
  • curving line
  • weddings
  • sample

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18383467/

  • Designed by Harry Wearne
  • Manufactured by Zuber & Cie
  • block-printed paper, polished ground
  • Gift of James J. Rorimer

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18383791/

  • Manufactured by Meissen Porcelain Factory
  • porcelain, vitreous enamel, gold
  • Museum purchase through gift of Commander Henry H. Gorringe

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18386601/

  • Manufactured by Bromley Hall
  • cotton

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18390161/

  • Designed by Arthur Wilcock
  • Manufactured by Newman, Smith & Newman
  • cotton
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. G. Glen Gould

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18391081/

  • gilded parchment leaf painted in watercolors, carved and gilded mother-of-pearl sticks with gold and silver foil
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18391669/

  • silk, metal-wrapped silk-core yarns
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18391689/

  • Manufactured by Edward Barnard & Sons
  • silver
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor
  • interior
  • decoration
  • lighting
  • home
  • branches
  • foliage
  • embellishment
  • texture
  • swirls
  • elegant
  • details

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18397495/

  • brush and gouache, watercolor, graphite, and pen and brown ink on cream tracing paper, lined
  • Museum purchase from Pauline Riggs Noyes Fund

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18400943/

  • brush and gouache on heavy woven paper, lined
  • Gift of John Judkyn

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18400945/

  • brush and gouache on heavy paper, lined
  • Gift of John Judkyn

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18401101/

  • Designed by Eugène Samuel Grasset
  • brush and gouache, watercolor, graphite on blue-gray wove paper
  • water
  • waves
  • luxury
  • jewels
  • figurative
  • jewelry
  • swirls
  • hair
  • hands
  • faces
  • overlap

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18404071/

  • silk, metal-wrapped silk-core threads
  • Museum purchase through gift of Madame Raimundo de Madrazo

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18404389/

  • Manufactured by Louis C. Tiffany & Co.
  • pastel crayon, brush and wash on wove paper
  • Gift of the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18404391/

  • Manufactured by Louis C. Tiffany & Co.
  • pastel crayon, brush and wash on wove paper
  • Gift of the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18404393/

  • Manufactured by Tiffany and Co.
  • pastel crayon, brush and wash on wove paper
  • Gift of the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18410727/

  • Manufactured by Tiffany and Co.
  • favrile glass
  • Museum purchase through gift of Georgiana L. McClellan
  • decoration
  • domestic
  • dining
  • organic
  • stemmed
  • flared
  • iridescent

The form of this Favrile glass vase suggests a flower with flared bloom and narrow stem. Tiffany coined the word “favrile” from the Latin fabrilis (relating to a craftsman), to imply handwork for his mold-made glass. His experiments with minerals resulted in an iridescence suggesting the surface of excavated ancient Roman glass.

This object is currently on display in room 206 in Carnegie Mansion.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18410785/

  • Designed by Hector Guimard
  • bronze, gold

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18429499/

  • silver
  • figures
  • container
  • kitchen
  • dining
  • storage
  • foliage
  • ornamental
  • tableware
  • art deco
  • foliate
  • rectangular
  • line

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18441063/

  • engravings on white laid paper, bound in half-calf and marbled boards
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
  • collectors
  • architecture
  • personal
  • rococo
  • curves
  • designers
  • figurative
  • print collectors
  • swans
  • nature
  • shields
  • coat of arms
  • publication
  • print maker
  • rocaille
  • swooping shapes
  • foliate
  • curving line
  • book designers
  • furniture designers

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18443265/

  • Designed by Thomas Johnson
  • etching, engraving on cream laid paper
  • Museum purchase through gift of Agnes Miles Carpenter

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18445249/

  • silk and metal-wrapped silk-core threads on silk foundation
  • Bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf in memory of his mother, Adeline Emma Greenleaf

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18446625/

  • Designed by Carlo Zen
  • joined, bent and turned fruitwood, inlaid with brass, white metal and mother-of-pearl, leather
  • Gift of John Goodwin
  • interior
  • personal
  • pattern
  • curves
  • floral
  • upper class
  • organic
  • offices
  • curvilinear
  • writing
  • work
  • petals
  • line
  • wood

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18454107/

  • mouth-blown favrile glass
  • Bequest of Joseph L. Morris
  • interior decoration
  • display
  • vases
  • glass
  • organic form
  • art nouveau

On the bottom shelf is an early gourd-shaped vessel [1966-55-8] whose asymmetrical and dimpled body shows off the swiftness of the gaffer who worked the piece in a semi-molten state. Named Cypriote after glass excavated on Cyprus, the iridescent purple vase with feather decoration [1981-50-1] has a pitted and iridescent surface resembling ancient glass.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18458645/

  • molded papier-mâché, inlaid with mother-of-pearl, painted and gilt wood
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wiesenberger

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18462911/

  • carved fruitwood, caning, leather, tin-glazed earthenware
  • personal
  • floral
  • domestic interiors
  • lid
  • bathrooms
  • cabriole

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18463897/

  • Manufactured by Cole and Son, Ltd.
  • block-printed on paper
  • Gift of Clarence House

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18466205/

  • nylon, polyester
  • Gift of Jack Lenor Larsen

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18466207/

  • caprolan nylon, polyester foam
  • Gift of Jack Lenor Larsen
  • upholstery
  • domestic interiors
  • seating
  • rhythm
  • curving line
  • psychedelic
  • organic line

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18467803/

  • bent beechwood, woven caning
  • Museum purchase through gift of American Institute of Interior Designers
  • seating
  • curvilinear
  • chairs
  • wood
  • furniture makers
  • caning

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18469311/

  • pressed, carved, acid-etched and enameled glass
  • Museum purchase through gift of Anonymous Donor
  • container
  • pattern
  • enamel
  • vases
  • curved
  • geometric
  • texture
  • glass
  • swirls
  • planes

Among the French objects on view at the Exposition of Modern French Decorative Art at Lord & Taylor in 1928 was Suzanne and René Lalique’s Tourbillons vase, with a faceted glass surface created through mass-production pressing and hand-carving. This vase, here accented with black enamel, represented a new vision and technique in decorative glass.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18470941/

  • blown and cased glass
  • Gift of Christian Rohlfing
  • interior
  • decoration
  • container
  • asymmetry
  • vases
  • handkerchiefs
  • glass
  • rippled
  • folded
  • color gradation
  • vase

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18482741/

  • mold-blown and carved glass
  • Gift of Jacqueline Rea in memory of Dr. Robert Roux-Delimal
  • display
  • flowers
  • vases
  • poets
  • glass
  • art nouveau
  • earth tones

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18488129/

  • favrile glass
  • Gift of Stanley Siegel, from the Stanley Siegel Collection
  • floral
  • sprouting
  • nature
  • bulbous
  • golden
  • iride

Tiffany invented the term “favrile,” from the Latin fabrilis (handmade) to describe all of the blown glass produced by his firm. Nature was Tiffany’s primary inspiration, as shown beautifully in these three floraform vases. The designer cultivated a variety of flowers and plants in his gardens at Laurelton Hall and used them for study and inspiration.

This object is currently on display in room 206 in Carnegie Mansion.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18490279/

  • raised, repoussé, chased and cast silver, ivory
  • Gift of Allyn Cox
  • decoration
  • container
  • domestic
  • kitchen
  • dining
  • scrolls
  • silver
  • foliate
  • line

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18491681/

  • Designed by Verner Panton
  • Manufactured by Vitra AG
  • injection molded luran s thermoplastic
  • Gift of Robert Blaich
  • interior
  • decoration
  • home
  • curves
  • dining
  • domestic interiors
  • organic
  • seating
  • curvilinear
  • minimalism
  • pop culture
  • sleek
  • stacking
  • plastic
  • balance
  • chair
  • white plastic

Panton’s highly sculptural chair is a unified design: rather than being made of assembled parts, the S-curved body combines seat, back, and legs in a continuous molded form. The design eliminates the need for wood or metal supports. The concave base provides stability and takes advantage of the material’s lightness, while allowing the chair to nestle for stacking.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18494251/

  • cast and chased silver
  • Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener
  • men
  • smoking
  • luxury
  • women
  • curving line
  • smoke
  • art nouveau
  • fire
  • hair
  • metalwork

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18494509/

  • silver
  • Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18494961/

  • Manufactured by Unger Brothers
  • silver
  • Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18495359/

  • Manufactured by Theodore B. Starr
  • gold, diamonds, emeralds, rubies
  • Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener
  • men
  • matchsafe
  • container
  • smoking
  • gold
  • dragons
  • jewels
  • decorative
  • diamonds

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18497615/

  • Designed by Paulding Farnham
  • gold, enamel, diamonds
  • Gift of Isabel Shults
  • gold
  • enamel
  • personal adornment
  • time
  • flower
  • diamond
  • watch

In 1889, designer Paulding Farnham’s enameled and bejeweled orchids for Tiffany & Co. created a sensation at the Paris Exposition Universelle. The choice of orchids coincided with these flowers being sought for the gardens of the wealthy, who were also the jewelry firm’s patrons. Designers consulted botanical texts at the studio and made watercolor sketches to devise life-like enameling schemes. The book Orchids and How to Grow Them in India and Other Tropical Climates, found in the studio’s library, likely served as a reference for the design of this jewelry

This object is currently on display in room 206 in Carnegie Mansion.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18497639/

  • Manufactured by Bow Porcelain Factory
  • glazed and gilt porcelain
  • Museum purchase from Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund
  • ceramics
  • dining
  • floral
  • dragons
  • gilt
  • tableware
  • garlands
  • serve
  • texture
  • fantastical creatures

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18497961/

  • Manufactured by Bill Graham
  • offset lithograph on white wove paper
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie J. Schreyer

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18497995/

  • offset lithograph on white wove paper
  • communication
  • graphic design
  • advertising
  • music
  • psychedelic
  • fire
  • illegibility
  • concert
  • concert poster
  • flames

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18497999/

  • Manufactured by Bill Graham
  • offset lithograph on white wove paper
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie J. Schreyer
  • graphic design
  • women
  • nude
  • text
  • event poster
  • concert poster
  • graphic designers

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18498031/

  • offset lithograph on white wove paper
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie J. Schreyer
  • graphic design
  • advertising
  • display
  • exhibition
  • music
  • psychedelic
  • concert
  • concert poster

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18540361/

  • pen and black ink, brush and grey, pale blue, and pale lavender wash, black chalk on laid paper; verso: pen and brown ink

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18545593/

  • pen and black ink, brush and wash, watercolor, white gouache on cream laid paper, lined
  • Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18547287/

  • pen and brown ink, brush and gouache, watercolor on off-white laid paper
  • Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18562403/

  • Manufactured by Zuber & Cie
  • block-printed paper
  • Gift of D. Lorraine Yerkes
  • floral

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18607589/

  • Designed by Hector Guimard
  • bronze, gold, plate glass; modern photo reproduction

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18607591/

  • Designed by Hector Guimard
  • bronze, gold
  • display
  • organic
  • adornment
  • tool
  • tendrils
  • art nouveau
  • exterior

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18609017/

  • brush and watercolor, graphite on white paper
  • Museum purchase through gift of Jacques Seligmann

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18609881/

  • Designed by Frederick Crace
  • brush and gouache, gold paint on dark blue wove paper
  • Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. John Innes Kane

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18609885/

  • brush and gouache, gold paint on laid paper

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18618521/

  • Designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany
  • Manufactured by Tiffany and Co.
  • glazed, molded earthenware
  • Gift of Marcia and William Goodman

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18618525/

  • painted and glazed earthenware
  • interior
  • decoration
  • container
  • asymmetry
  • flared
  • irregular
  • biomorphic
  • earth tones
  • ruffles

Ohr, known as the “mad potter of Biloxi,” made free-form vessels that are organic in both form and surface treatment. Here, the variegated rose and pink glaze with dark brown splotches on the exterior is paired with an interior glazed in yellow speckled with mottled green.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18618527/

  • glazed earthenware

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18618529/

  • glazed earthenware
  • Gift of Marcia and William Goodman
  • interior
  • decoration
  • ceramics
  • home
  • display
  • organic
  • asymmetry
  • sculptural
  • pitchers
  • irregular
  • folded
  • splotches

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18618579/

  • Designed by Pitts Harrison Burt
  • Manufactured by Rookwood Pottery
  • glazed thrown earthenware, enamel-painted and fired decoration, pierced and engraved silver overlay
  • Gift of Marcia and William Goodman
  • display
  • overlapping
  • ewers
  • decorative
  • pierced
  • earthenware
  • vessel

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18620591/

  • Designed by Toots Zynsky
  • fused and thermo-formed glass threads (filet-de-verre technique)
  • Museum purchase through gift of Anonymous Donor, Carol B. Brener and Stephen W. Brener, Mr. and Mrs. Max B. Furman, Mrs. John Innes Kane, James M. Osborn, and Thonet Industries, Inc.
  • interior
  • decoration
  • container
  • home
  • display
  • asymmetry
  • brightly colored
  • irregular
  • glass
  • folded
  • slumped

By layering and slumping fine glass threads, Zynsky creates vessels in organic forms that are texturally and colorfully rich. This particular bowl includes iridescent black, scarlet, pale and medium green, and mauve, with an interior layered in an intense red.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18622633/

  • Manufactured by Doccia Porcelain Manufactory
  • gilt porcelain
  • decoration
  • ceramics
  • figures
  • lighting
  • rococo
  • scrolls
  • tableware
  • candelabra
  • cornucopias

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18634279/

  • silk, metal-wrapped silk-core yarns of three types
  • metallic
  • flowers
  • upper class
  • women's clothing
  • apparel fabric
  • curving line

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18634859/

  • Designed by Alvar Aalto
  • Manufactured by Karhula-Iittala Glassworks
  • mold-blown glass
  • Gift of Harmon Goldstone
  • interior
  • container
  • domestic
  • display
  • abstraction
  • biomorphic
  • amoeba

The thick-walled, richly textured body of this glass vessel, formed in a wooden mold, demonstrates Aalto’s interest in organic form and reflects the morphologies of his Finnish homeland’s forests and lakes. The undulating shape is an intentional departure from classical rigidity and a complement to Aalto’s laminated bentwood furniture.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18636569/

  • Designed by Gianfranco Frattini
  • Manufactured by Artemide S.p.A.
  • pvc plastic, metal
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund
  • interior
  • lighting
  • home
  • tubular
  • spirals
  • luminous
  • coil

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18638397/

  • Designed by Roelof Sterken
  • Manufactured by Rozenburg Pottery and Porcelain Factory
  • porcelain, vitreous enamel
  • Gift of Justin G. Schiller

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18639949/

  • steel
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18647585/

  • Manufactured by Rozenburg Pottery and Porcelain Factory
  • porcelain, vitreous enamel
  • Gift of Arthur Altschul
  • display
  • botanical
  • symmetry
  • vases
  • decorative
  • curvilinear
  • vase

This object is currently on display in room 206 in Carnegie Mansion.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18647587/

  • Manufactured by Rozenburg Pottery and Porcelain Factory
  • porcelain, vitreous enamel
  • Gift of Arthur Altschul
  • display
  • botanical
  • vases
  • decorative
  • curvilinear
  • yellow

This object is currently on display in room 206 in Carnegie Mansion.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18647957/

  • rock crystal, gold
  • Gift of the Panwy Foundation, from the collection of Maria Wyman
  • gold

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18647959/

  • raised and chased gold, carved gray agate, enameling on gold
  • Gift of the Panwy Foundation, from the collection of Maria Wyman
  • decoration
  • rococo
  • upper class
  • enamel
  • scrolls
  • miniature
  • curvilinear
  • encasing
  • curio
  • eggs
  • revolve

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18649241/

  • silver, coral
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18651657/

  • Designed by Gilles Derain
  • pen and black ink, brush and wash, gouache, graphite on white wove paper
  • Gift of Gilles Derain

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18655315/

  • silver wire, pearl, mother-of-pearl, smoky quartz, quartz crystal
  • Museum purchase from Sara Cooper-Hewitt Fund
  • women's fashion accessories
  • personal adornment
  • twisted
  • accessories
  • cascade
  • convertible

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18665401/

  • Designed by René Lalique
  • graphite, brush and watercolor, white gouache on brownish translucent wove paper, possibly coated with resin
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment and Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Funds
  • fish
  • preparatory
  • cranes
  • designers
  • nature
  • jewelers
  • art nouveau
  • hair
  • origami

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18667891/

  • Designed by Charles Francis Annesley Voysey
  • block-printed paper
  • Gift of Dr. Francis J. Geck
  • interior
  • wallcovering
  • floral
  • organic
  • sidewall
  • tulips
  • intricate
  • art nouveau
  • acanthus
  • violets
  • swirls

Charles Francis Annesley Voysey’s wallpaper and textile designs were known references for painters working at the Rozenburg Pottery and Porcelain Factory in the Netherlands, whose designs can be seen in the case nearby. Voysey adapted nature into flat designs that appealed to biological and botanical interests of the era. Here, tulips and acanthus leaves are interlaced in a dynamic composition

This object is currently on display in room 206 in Carnegie Mansion.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18667949/

  • Designed by René Lalique
  • brush and watercolor, graphite, brush and gouache on brownish, translucent wove paper, possibly coated with resin
  • Museum purchase from Drawings and Prints Council Fund through gift of The Florence Gould Foundation
  • symmetry
  • jewels
  • figurative
  • leaves
  • vegetal
  • jewelers
  • jewelry
  • stars
  • art nouveau
  • transparent
  • jewelry design

This drawing for a corsage ornament by famed art nouveau designer Lalique features a Milky Way of diamonds and sapphires flanked by two nudes, both personifications of Night. The final brooch was exhibited in Paris at the influential Exposition Universelle of 1900.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18676559/

  • Designed by Alphonse Maria Mucha
  • brush and watercolor, graphite on cream wove paper
  • floral
  • organic
  • art nouveau
  • print
  • watercolor

When writing to his wife in 1910 about his ideal family home in Bohemia, Alphonse Maria Mucha made his desires for living near nature clear: “You know my conditions . . . woods nearby, the town nearby, a garden as big as possible—so that I can build a studio there.” Mucha prioritized access to natural resources in order to attain a good quality of life and work. His textile designs celebrate the spontaneous freeform curves of flowers and plants.

This object is currently on display in room 206 in Carnegie Mansion.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18684087/

  • Designed by Eva Lisa (Pipsan) Saarinen Swanson
  • Manufactured by U.S. Glass Company
  • glass
  • Gift of Ashley Dawn Brown
  • interior
  • decoration
  • domestic
  • organic
  • irregular
  • biomorphic

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18696781/

  • Manufactured by Georg Jensen Sølvsmedie
  • silver
  • Gift of Barbara E. Busch
  • decoration
  • women's fashion accessories
  • abstraction
  • personal adornment
  • silver
  • foliate
  • line
  • amoeba

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18698067/

  • Manufactured by Ancienne Manufacture Royale de Limoges
  • glazed porcelain with photo-transfer (silkscreen) and painted-platinum decoration
  • Museum purchase from Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund
  • ceramics
  • figures
  • container
  • fish
  • kitchen
  • landscape
  • flowers
  • dining
  • floral
  • organic
  • women
  • scrolls
  • female
  • scene
  • curved
  • consumers
  • celebrity
  • Louis XV
  • cartouche

This rococo-style tureen was designed by Cindy Sherman after a design originally commissioned by Madame de Pompadour, a French royal mistress. The representation of a fish inside the tureen is a play on “Poisson” (fish), her family name, and suggests its use. Madame de Pompadour, in an effort to refashion her identity as a royal mistress, carefully oversaw the production and display of her painted image. However, in the place of a portrait of Madame de Pompadour, Sherman has inserted a self-portrait, meant to spoof the commodification of women as objects of male fascination and desire.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18699491/

  • Designed by Alphonse Maria Mucha
  • cotton
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund
  • floral
  • organic
  • art nouveau
  • print
  • watercolor

When writing to his wife in 1910 about his ideal family home in Bohemia, Alphonse Maria Mucha made his desires for living near nature clear: “You know my conditions . . . woods nearby, the town nearby, a garden as big as possible—so that I can build a studio there.” Mucha prioritized access to natural resources in order to attain a good quality of life and work. His textile designs celebrate the spontaneous freeform curves of flowers and plants.

This object is currently on display in room 206 in Carnegie Mansion.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18701989/

  • Designed by Peter Behrens
  • woodcut on thin cream japan paper
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund
  • collectors
  • profile
  • display
  • exhibition
  • romance
  • women
  • print collectors
  • printmakers
  • intertwined
  • curving line
  • line
  • pair
  • art nouveau
  • hair
  • erotic
  • kissing
  • publishers

An icon of art nouveau illustration, Behrens’ Der Küss (The Kiss) appeared in the avant-garde journal Pan in 1898. The flat, evenly colored style—evidence of the fashion for Japanese woodcut prints in turn-of-the-century Europe—makes plain the provocative imagery of two androgynous figures kissing, their hair erotically intertwined.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18705481/

  • red walnut, silk damask (modern)
  • interior
  • rococo
  • dining
  • luxury
  • seating
  • foliate
  • line
  • straight-back
  • walnut

This example may have been made for a Scottish or Irish patron, as the rococo carving is deeper than on most English chairs. It resembles designs from the 1750s published by Robert Manwaring. Few maker names are known, however, as British furniture was rarely signed and published designs provided models for many makers.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18705523/

  • Designed by Tom Dixon
  • recycled automobile rubber tire inner tube, steering wheel, welded steel (frame)
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund
  • interior
  • domestic
  • organic
  • seating
  • curved
  • minimalism
  • sleek

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18705525/

  • bent beechwood, metal screws
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund
  • furniture
  • seating
  • loops
  • chairs
  • curved
  • wood
  • bent
  • wood grain
  • chair
  • extrude

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18707967/

  • Designed by Henry Van de Velde
  • lithograph on wove paper, lined
  • advertising
  • pattern
  • display
  • exhibition
  • dining
  • organic
  • overlapping
  • eggs
  • curving line
  • geometric
  • food
  • sales
  • grocers
  • symposium
  • orthogonal

This Jugendstil art nouveau advertisement for Tropon, manufacturers of a nutritional supplement developed from egg whites, shows broken eggs from which the whites swirl down and around the tag line “L’Aliment le plus Concentré.” The abstract composition illustrates Van de Velde’s belief in line as a creative force.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18708063/

  • Designed by Lajos Mack
  • Manufactured by Zsolnay, Pècs Factory
  • earthenware, eosin glaze
  • Museum purchase from Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund
  • organic
  • bulbous
  • leaf
  • squat

At the turn of the twentieth century during the art nouveau period, major European ceramic firms took advantage of iridescent glazes to maximize their expressions of an organic style. The use of eosin-reduced glazing at the Zsolnay factory in Hungary created vivid freeform color patterns.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18708195/

  • brush and gouache, watercolor, graphite, gum arabic on white wove paper

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18708391/

  • screenprint on white wove paper
  • Gift of Ralph Schraivogel
  • communication
  • graphic design
  • advertising
  • overlapping
  • op art
  • typography
  • optical effect
  • exhibition poster
  • illegibility
  • irony

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18708393/

  • screenprint on white wove paper
  • Gift of Ralph Schraivogel
  • curving form
  • display
  • exhibition
  • intertwined
  • self-promotion
  • winding

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18708929/

  • Designed by Joris Laarman
  • molded polyconcrete (polyester concrete), aluminum
  • Gift of Jaga, N.V.
  • interior
  • decoration
  • rococo
  • floral
  • overlapping
  • adornment
  • leaves
  • curls

Laarman’s rococo-inspired Heatwave radiator consists of modular units cast from reinforced concrete. Disputing the modernist correlation between functionality and streamlined forms, Laarman asserts that high decoration can foster increased function: “A radiator needs a large surface to give its heat to the air. The more decoration a radiator has, the better it works.”

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18710005/

  • blown glass, metal
  • Gift of Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel
  • interior
  • decoration
  • lighting
  • home
  • floral
  • organic
  • leaves
  • biomorphic

This object is currently on display in room 105 in Carnegie Mansion.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18710071/

  • Designed by Nicolette Brunklaus
  • cotton
  • Gift of Brunklaus Amsterdam
  • velvet

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18710253/

  • Designed by Michelle Leong
  • offset lithograph on white wove paper
  • Gift of Marian Bantjes
  • architecture
  • black and white
  • typography
  • posters
  • event poster
  • school

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18710255/

  • Designed by Marian Bantjes
  • off-set lithograph on mylar (trimmed)
  • Gift of Marian Bantjes
  • graphic design
  • advertising
  • exhibition
  • scrolls
  • repetition
  • black and white
  • curving line
  • typography
  • self-promotion
  • swirls
  • conference poster
  • transparent

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18710577/

  • Designed by Tord Boontje
  • Manufactured by Artecnica
  • silver-plated photographically etched stainless steel
  • interior
  • lighting
  • home
  • foliage
  • luminous
  • shadows
  • playful
  • unexpected shapes
  • suspended
  • lamp

The Garland light represents an intersection between Boontje’s work in patternmaking and his textiles. Designed to be mass-produced in various metal finishes and colors, each lamp is a pliable garland with no fixed shape; it can be draped and layered around a light bulb according to the owner’s whim.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18804489/

  • Designed by Emile Gallé
  • Manufactured by Etablissement Gallé
  • walnut, various wood inlays
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisition Endowment
  • foliage
  • decorative
  • carved
  • art nouveau
  • marquetry
  • tray

The Furniture Journal of October 10, 1904 reported that, with respect to his work in wood, Gallé believed in copying trees, leaves, and flowers in detail. The article states, “In the course of a morning walk he may be struck by the branch of a tree, or a chance grace in a blossom. The design follows at once, and in the woods which appear in some of the decorative panels by this great French master.” Gallé featured the visual qualities of many different woods through his work with inlay

This object is currently on display in room 206 in Carnegie Mansion.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18804887/

  • machine-printed on paper
  • Gift of Dorwin L. Starr

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18805487/

  • Designed by Emile Gallé
  • graphite on wove paper
  • Museum purchase from McNiel Fund

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18805527/

  • Designed by Latino Movio
  • Manufactured by Holland, Aldwinkle & Slater
  • silver
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisition Endowment
  • interior
  • decoration
  • kitchen
  • butterflies
  • dining
  • stylized
  • foliate
  • spirals
  • swirls
  • concave
  • insects
  • chasing