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Study photographs of decorative arts, architectural elements and interiors.

Getty Research Institute

Available at Special Collections  L3 : PHOTO ARCHIVE - DECORATIVE ARTS  (NK2119 ) and other locations()

  • Title:
    Study photographs of decorative arts, architectural elements and interiors.
  • 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, type of object, and style.
  • Physical Desc.: 22 boxes (ca. 2,000 photographic prints) : b&w ; 35 cm. and 47 cm..
  • Summary: A collection of photographs illustrating both detached architectural elements for room decoration and architectural interiors from the 15th to the 19th centuries, including modern imitations of older European styles assembled by the Getty Research Institute. Most coverage is of French, Italian, Spanish, and English materials, including those from important European mansions and palaces (often depicted in the original settings). Materials from some of these sites, such as the Palazzo Davanzati (Italy), Hamilton Palace (Scotland), and the Château de Chenailles (France) were sold on the American market. Some images depict interiors imported and sold by the New York dealer, French & Company, or designed and executed by them for American estates. There is also limited coverage of objects from Austria, the Netherlands, Germany, and Russia.
    Detached elements represented include armorial plaques, columns, ceilings, doors and door hardware, fireplaces, floors, fountains, mantels, overdoors, staircases, tiles, and wall panels. The interiors present comprehensive decorations of rooms, including wall panelling, ceilings, doors and overdoors, chimneys and mantels, and mirrors.
    Photograph sources include French & Company, as well as other dealers and auction houses; American museums such as the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, J. Paul Getty Museum, and Metropolitan Museum of Art; and major European museums, including the Louvre, Versailles, Musée des beaux-arts, Strasbourg, and Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • Cumulative Index/Finding Aid: Finding aid for French & Company images only: Stock sheets and ledgers, 1909-1968 (Special Collections accn. no. 840027). Online Photo Archive Database provides photograph level description and provenance information.
  • Notes: Title devised.
    Size of photographs varies; most 10 x 8 in. and 14 x 11 in.
  • Form/Genre: Photographic prints
  • Subjects: Decoration and ornament, Architectural -- Europe Decoration and ornament, Architectural -- France Decoration and ornament, Architectural -- Great Britain Decoration and ornament, Architectural -- Italy Decoration and ornament, Architectural -- Spain Decoration and ornament, Architectural -- United States Interior architecture Interior decoration Architecture, Domestic
  • Contributors: French & Company (New York, N.Y.)
  • LC Call Number: NK2119
  • ID/Accession Number: 1382-642
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
    Photographs and permission to publish must be obtained from copyright holder(s).
  • OCLC Record Number: 82456102
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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