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Altounian-Lorbet study photographs of sculpture and decorative arts.

Altounian-Lorbet Antiquaires (firm), creator.

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  • Title:
    Altounian-Lorbet study photographs of sculpture and decorative arts.
  • Author/Creator: Altounian-Lorbet Antiquaires (firm), creator.
  • Creation Date: 1906-1954
  • Biographical/Historical Note: Altounian-Lorbet Antiquaires was a dealership originally established in Paris about 1906 by Joseph Altounian. Altounian was joined in the business by his wife, Henriette Lorbet, in 1924, and the shop subsequently relocated to Mâcon. From the early teens through the 1940s, Altounian-Lorbet was a major source of Egyptian and Greek antiquities, medieval sculpture, and decorative arts of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries for museums and private collectors. Altounian-Lorbet was notable for the high-quality and importance of the works it handled. This held especially true for medieval sculpture, for which it was one of the main suppliers to French and American collections. Many pieces now in the United States trace their source to Altounian-Lorbet, through its close relations with the New York dealer, Joseph Brummer. In 1954, the business was passed on to their daughter, Jacqueline Altounian-Lorbet, and her husband, Bernard Rousset, who shifted the firm's emphasis from ancient and medieval art to period furniture.
  • Arrangement: The collection is primarily arranged by medium, and then by culture.
  • Physical Desc.: 7.2 linear feet ( 25 boxes).
    2,591 photographic prints : b&w ; 37 x 47 cm or smaller.
  • Summary: The Altounian-Lorbet study photographs of sculpture and decorative arts document the works of art sold by or offered to the dealership and reflect the firm's specialization in medieval sculpture and minor arts, decorative arts of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, and Egyptian and Greek antiquities. The photographs constitute a primary record of works available on the European art market before World War II, particularly in the area of monumental sculpture, and include documentation of the pre- and post-restoration states of some works.
    Approximately forty percent of the collection consists of images of Romanesque, Gothic, and some Renaissance sculpture (including architectural ensembles) in stone, wood, and ivory, with an emphasis on French works. A further thirty percent of the images are devoted to works of decorative art from the medieval period through the eighteenth century, including furniture, tapestries and other textiles, boiseries, clocks, enamels and metalwork. Fifteen percent of the photographs are of works of ancient art, primarily Egyptian and Classical sculpture and Greek vases. The collection also includes approximately 250 photographs of European paintings (primarily medieval and Renaissance periods) and 100 photographs of non-Western art (African, Chinese, southeast Asian, and pre-Columbian objects).
  • Language: French
  • Language Note: Some photographs annotated on verso, in French.
  • Form/Genre: Black-and-white prints (photographs)
    Gelatin silver prints
  • Subjects: Altounian-Lorbet Antiquaires (Firm)--Photograph collections Art -- Conservation and restoration Sculpture, Romanesque Sculpture, Romanesque -- France Sculpture, Gothic Sculpture, Renaissance Decoration and ornament, Architectural Decorative arts -- Europe Decorative arts, Medieval -- Europe Furniture -- Europe Tapestry -- Europe Textile fabrics -- Europe Enamel and enameling -- Europe Metal-work -- Europe Sculpture, Egyptian Sculpture, Classical Vases, Greek Painting, European
  • Collection: Conservation collection (Getty Research Institute)
  • ID/Accession Number: 1378-071
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
    Photographs and permission to publish must be obtained from copyright holder(s).
  • OCLC Record Number: 84155073
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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