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18th century
French 18th century blown glass Pitcher

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18th century
French Louis XVI Étagère

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Galerie Damidot

18th century
Sèvres 18th century porcelain cup tray

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18th century
Head of child in marble 18 century

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Galerie Damidot

18th century
Plate in faience of Lyon 18th century

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Eighteenth-century objets d'art and furniture

In the eighteenth century, antiques and objets d'art embodied the reflection of power and royal influence. The decorative arts contributed to the promotion of royal glorification. Many artists’ workshops and manufactories benefitted from royal protection, aimed at supporting French craftsmanship. Goldsmithing, silversmithing, earthenware, porcelain, and glassmaking produced veritable works of art, which were flagships of French craftsmanship. The eighteenth century was the golden age of antique furniture.

The exceptional expertise of various craftsmen—cabinetmakers, sculptors, painters, ornamentalists, gilders, glassmakers, and faienciers—was combined to create masterpieces of virtuosity. Antiques and objets d'art very skilfully combined these prestigious materials (precious woods, gilt bronze, mother-of-pearl, porcelain, enamel, and crystal) with sophisticated techniques (Boulle marquetry, Chinese lacquer, and vernis Martin) to attract a clientele in quest of excellence.