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Study photographs of decorative arts, ceramics.

Getty Research Institute

Available at Special Collections  L3 : PHOTO ARCHIVE - DECORATIVE ARTS  (NK3780 ) and other locations()

  • Title:
    Study photographs of decorative arts, ceramics.
  • Author/Creator: Getty Research Institute
  • Creation Date: 19--?
  • Biographical/Historical Note: In 1974, the J. Paul Getty Museum began assembling a "photo library" by consolidating the visual resources of each existing curatorial department. By the early 1980s, the Photo Archive was actively acquiring large collections of photographs from commercial and private sources and scholars' archives that contained a photographic component. In 1983, the nearly one million photographs of the Photo Archive were incorporated into the Research Institute's Special Collections and renamed the Photo Study Collection.
  • Arrangement: Arranged by country of origin, medium (faience, porcelain, stoneware, terra-cotta, etc.), city/factory, type of object and decoration; objects with indigenous or foreign mounts are filed at the end by origin and style of the mounts.
  • Physical Desc.: 234 boxes (ca. 19,000 photographic prints) : b&w ; 35 cm. and 47 cm..
  • Summary: A collection of photographs offering comprehensive coverage of 18th and 19th century French and German ceramics (mostly porcelain) and lesser coverage of Chinese porcelain (most with French mounts) as well as Italian, English, Japanese, Dutch, Hungarian, and Russian ceramics assembled by the Getty Research Institute.
    The majority of the 80% of the photographs devoted to French and German material were acquired from auction houses and from museums and private collections known for ceramics holdings; some of the latter photographs were made in situ by Getty Museum staff and consultants during the period 1980-1983. Principal European sources include: in Great Britain, the British Royal collection, Victoria and Albert Museum, Wallace Collection, Ashmolean Museum, Waddeson Manor, and Barnard Castle; in France, the Louvre, Versailles, Musée des arts décoratifs, Musée Carnavalet, Musée Nissim de Camondo, and the Musée des beaux-arts in Lille; the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam; major German museums in Berlin, Munich and Nuremberg; the David Collection in Copenhagen; the Palazzo Pitti in Florence; the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. Major American sources include: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Cleveland Museum of Art, Toledo Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Minneapolis Art Institute, and the J. Paul Getty Museum.
  • Notes: Title devised.
    Size of photographs varies; most 8 x 10 in.
  • Form/Genre: Photographic prints
  • Subjects: Porcelain, French Pottery, French Porcelain, German Pottery, German Porcelain, European Pottery, European Porcelain, Chinese Mounts (Decorative arts) -- France Gilt bronzes
  • LC Call Number: NK3780
  • ID/Accession Number: 1381-636
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
    Photographs and permission to publish must be obtained from copyright holder(s).
  • OCLC Record Number: 80549585
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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