renaissance furniture

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Plate in History of Interior Design 2. I used watercolors and some metallic pens. I hope that I’ll get a good grade on this one, I really worked hard on the details. 😩 . And also , my holy week was spent doing these :’( . Anyway, i’m sorry for the crappy lighting. I took the photos after finishing the plate and my lamp’s still on.

but i’m so happy that this plate’s done ✅😃😃

Love,
Eliza

This table is one of the most magnificent surviving examples of the fashion for silver furniture, which spread to England from the court of Louis XIV at Versailles, during the reigns of the later Stuart monarchs. Its solid silver legs support an oak tabletop, overlaid with thick sheets of silver, bearing the marks of Andrew Moore (1640–1706), a silversmith from Bridewell in the City of London.

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Art Under the Microscope: Brass

J. Paul Getty bought this cabinet in 1971 against the advice of his curators, who did not think it was genuine. 

The cabinet was in suspiciously pristine condition and the surface was coated with colored wax, suggesting that someone had tried to make it look older than it really was. Experts at that time concluded that the cabinet was a product of the Renaissance Revival of the 19th century, when American industrial magnates snapped up Renaissance-style furniture, including many fakes, from cash-strapped European aristocrats. 

So, was it a fake or not?

This microscopic image, taken in 2002, helped prove authenticity of a cabinet that many people thought was a fake ever since J. Paul Getty purchased it for a mere $1,700.

This image shows the crystalline structure of a brass tack used to attach a silk lining fabric on the interior of the cabinet. The pattern indicates that the metal was cast into shape. A 19th century copy would have been stamped out in a factory, not cast by hand.

More on the study of this mystery cabinet here.


Art Under the Microscope is a series that features, well, art under the microscope, as photographed by our conservators to better study and preserve our collections.