January 20–21, 2023
January 21–22, 2022
January 24-25, 2020
January 16–19, 2019
January 19–20, 2018
The aura of glittering pomp surrounding the Chateau de Versailles in the last decades
of the ancien régime owes much to the decadent reputation of the French monarchs, who leaned heavily on the talents and creativity of architects and artisans to maintain a potent image of power and wealth. This past winter, one such craftsman received well-deserved attention in the form of a special exhibition at the Frick Collection, “Pierre Gouthière: Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court.”
Although a sudden blizzard this past January left the Trust trying to salvage the New York Antiques Weekend schedule, the inclement weather thankfully did not interrupt our visit to Artistic Furniture of the Gilded Age at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In New York City, where the Met, MoMA, Guggenheim, and Whitney garner the lion’s share of museum-related press, the intense buzz about Cooper-Hewitt’s reopening following a lengthy and comprehensive renovation was notable.