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Study photographs of decorative arts, metals.

Getty Research Institute

Available at Special Collections  L3 : PHOTO ARCHIVE - DECORATIVE ARTS  (NK6406 ) and other locations()

  • Title:
    Study photographs of decorative arts, metals.
  • 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, and maker and/or type of object. Oversize materials arranged only by type of object.
  • Physical Desc.: 91 boxes (ca. 7,000 pictures) : b&w ; 35 cm. and 47 cm..
  • Summary: A collection of photographs comprising metal objects, mostly dating to the 17th to 19th centuries, made of silver and silver gilt (70%), gilt bronze (22%), enamel and wrought iron (8%) assembled by the Getty Research Institute. Objects made of other metals (pewter, copper, steel) are represented in a small number of photographs. (Two types of metal object, lighting and clocks, are not included in this category, except for those made of silver which are filed here together with other silver objects. Snuff boxes and etuis are also filed separately within the decorative arts section of the Photo Study Collection, under Boxes.)
    Objects depicted are those most characteristic for each medium: predominantly table ware and candelsticks in silver; andirons, vases, mounts, and decorative hardware in bronze; plaques and vases in enamel; fire irons, grates, and railings in wrought iron. The collection also includes photographs of a few dozen jewelry pieces (although jewelry generally falls outside the scope of the Photo Study Collection), usually decorated with precious stones, pearls, ivory, and the like. Approximately half the images are photographs and half are photomechanical reproductions clipped from auction catalogs. Sources for the photographs include the New York dealer, French & Company.
  • Cumulative Index/Finding Aid: Finding aid for French & Company images only: Stock sheets and ledgers, 1909-1968 (Special Collections accn. no. 840027) and online Photo Archive Database provides photograph level description and provenance information.
  • Notes: Title devised.
    Size of photographs varies; most 8 x 10 in. and 11 x 14 in.
  • Form/Genre: Photomechanical reproductions
    Photographic prints
  • Subjects: Metal-work Art metal-work Art objects Silverwork Gilt bronzes Enamel and enameling Wrought-iron Jewelry
  • Contributors: French & Company (New York, N.Y.)
  • LC Call Number: NK6406
  • ID/Accession Number: 1382-887
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
    Photographs and permission to publish must be obtained from copyright holder(s).
  • OCLC Record Number: 80964136
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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