ANDesign visits the Getty Museum
At ANDesign we have a great appreciation for the art and design that arose during the Neoclassical era in the latter part of the 18th century. An era essentially created from an intrigue in “classic” art and design with a passion to evolve them and incorporate them into the modern world. ANDesign exemplifies this idea to the fullest. We embrace the traditional ideas of design with our craftsmanship and appreciation for classic design while continuously incorporating the newest cutting edge technology to ensure our products are functional and progressive.
These are a few pieces we found interesting on our trip to the Getty:
Compound Microscope and Case, French about 1751
The micrometric stage was invented by Michel-Ferdinand d’Albert d’Ailly, duc de Chaulnes (1714-1769) and the gilt bronze is attributed to Jacques Cafferi (1678-1755).
The microscope was crafted out of gilt bronze, enamel, shagreen and glass while the case is made from wood, tooled and gilded leather, brass and lined with velvet, silver braid and lace.
Microscopes like this one were crafted for the wealthy with an interest in Natural History to study fossils, minerals and preserved insects. This particular one is still fully functional and equipped with all the necessary parts. It is an extraordinary example of innovation and attention to detail.
Commode: French, 1769-By Gilles Joubert
Joubert was the main provider of furniture—over a twenty-five year span—for the French royal household of Louis XV.
This commode was built for the bedroom of Madame Louise of France in Versailles. Gilles created a zig-zag drawer line in order not to disrupt the geometric design displaying great craftsmanship and a uniqueness that is definitely admirable.
This Lidded Pot was originally a porcelain pot—Chinese (Dehua) 1662-1722— intended for tea or wine. The spout and handle were removed and it was mounted with gilt-bronze in Paris around 1765: a practice common in this time of fitting precious materials within gilt-bronze mounts.
Jean-Baptiste Hosten hired Claude-Nicolas Ledoux (a French architect) to design a housing complex called the Maison Hosten. The project lasted from 1765 to 1795 when the French revolution began and Hosten fled the country before its completion. This door was part of a paneled room—a salon or main reception room—and represents the Neoclassical design of this era.
Visiting the Getty was definitely an inspiring adventure and it will not be long until we make our way back.