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Eighteenth-century decorative art galleries Help showcase the Musée du Louvre’s extraordinary collection of eighteenth-century decorative art

Museum spaces - Archives - July 1, 2013

The restoration of the Louvre’s collection of eighteenth-century decorative art, entrusted to Jacques Garcia, is one of the richest and most comprehensive public collections of its kind. It aims to place the works on display in a context that is as esthetically and historically rich as possible.

The Louvre’s collection of eighteenth-century decorative art – royal furniture, decorative bronzes, rugs, tapestries, gold and silver ware, porcelain, jewelry and scientific instruments – is one of the richest and most comprehensive public collections of its kind. To enhance the collections and improve public access, the rooms housing these masterpieces are currently undergoing renovation.

Projet de muséographie dans les salles d'objets d'art du XVIIIe siècle (première esquisse)

Projet de muséographie dans les salles d'objets d'art du XVIIIe siècle (première esquisse)

© Décoration Jacques Garcia

The rooms in the north wing of the Cour Carrée, home to the collection since the late nineteenth century, require major renovation before reopening to the public in 2013. The last work to be done on this part of the Louvre palace dates back to the 1960s. The area houses approximately 30 rooms spanning 2,000 sq.m. The renovation will be an opportunity to improve and revamp the display of these invaluable eighteenth-century masterpieces.

The new exhibition design was entrusted to Jacques Garcia. It aims to place the works on display in a context that is as esthetically and historically rich as possible. The chronological itinerary will retrace changing tastes from the reign of Louis XIV to the end of the Ancien Régime with Marie-Antoinette. The recreation of historical spaces will enable the public to discover the refined social graces and art of living, as well as the excellent savoir-faire during the eighteenth century.

Projet de muséographie dans les salles d'objets d'art du XVIIIe siècle (premières esquisses)

Projet de muséographie dans les salles d'objets d'art du XVIIIe siècle (premières esquisses)

© Décoration Jacques Garcia

Financing for this exhibition design project is entirely based on support from our patrons. To this effect, the Musée du Louvre created the Cressent Circle, a group of art enthusiasts and collectors who actively contribute to the success of the project.

The American Friends of the Louvre have also made this project a fundraising priority for the next two years.

Are you fascinated by eighteenth-century art? By becoming a member of the Cressent Circle, you can follow project development, meet the curators of the Department of Decorative Arts, attend private functions and help us write a new page in Louvre history through this prestigious design project!

Corporate patrons will find all the projects in need of support on the dedicated mini-site: www.louvresponsorship.com

Practical information

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