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Study photographs of decorative arts, clocks.

Getty Research Institute

Available at Special Collections  L3 : PHOTO ARCHIVE - DECORATIVE ARTS  (NK7486 )()

  • Title:
    Study photographs of decorative arts, clocks.
  • 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 clock, style/period, and medium. Where applicable, further arranged by type of ornamentation or shape.
  • Physical Desc.: 58 boxes (ca. 5,000 photographic prints) : b&w ; 35 cm..
  • Summary: A collection of photographs offering comprehensive coverage of French clocks from the 17th to the 19th centuries as well as providing lesser coverage of clocks from elsewhere in Europe (for instance, 16th century German clocks) assembled by the Getty Research Institute. Half the collection illustrates the French mantel clock with its diversity of shapes, mounts, and subjects of figural decoration. The other half is divided among other clock types (bracket, longcase, table, and wall clocks). Many of the pieces depicted are signed by known bronziers and ébénistes.
    The sources for some 60% of the prints in this collection are auction houses and dealers in Europe and the U.S.; an additional 15% are from the New York dealer French and Company. The remaining photographs were acquired from museums in Europe and the U.S. European museums include: the Louvre, Versailles, Fontainebleau, Musée des arts décoratifs, and Musée Nissim de Camondo in Paris; Österreichisches Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna; Escorial, Madrid; Schloss Nymphenburg and Residenzmuseum, Munich; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Kunstindustrimuseet, Copenhagen; Schloss Pilnitz, Dresden; Victoria and Albert Museum and Wallace Collection, London, as well as collections in British historic houses, including Attingham Park in Shropshire.
    U.S. collections represented include the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Newark Museum; fine arts museums in Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and San Francisco; J. Paul Getty Museum; Ringling Museum; and Time Museum (Rockford, Ill.)
  • Cumulative Index/Finding Aid: Finding aid for French & Company images only: Stock sheets and ledgers, 1909-1968 (Special Collections accn. no. 840027). Online Photo Study Collectio Database provides photograph level description and provenance information.
  • Notes: Title devised.
    Size of photographs varies; most 8 x 10 in.
  • Form/Genre: Photographic prints
  • Subjects: Clocks and watches -- France Clocks and watches -- Europe Decoration and ornament -- France
  • Contributors: French & Company (New York, N.Y.)
  • LC Call Number: NK7486
  • ID/Accession Number: 1382-680
    76.P.39
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
    Photographs and permission to publish must be obtained from copyright holder(s).
  • OCLC Record Number: 81532055

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