Meet your host, Mr. J. Paul Getty

Fortunately, his legendary stinginess did not extend to his art collection. Which is, by all means, extraordinary. 

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Cabinet on stand, Paris ca. 1675-80
Attributed to André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732
Probably made for Louis XIV or as a royal gift. 

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Planisphere Clock, Paris ca. 1745-49

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The host

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Wall clock, Chantilly & Paris, ca. 1740

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Pair of Vases & Decorative Figures, China, Kangxi reign, 1662-1722

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”Turkish Bed”, Paris, ca. 1750-60
This bed would have been placed against the wall, with a canopy above. The body of the bed may be pulled out on wheels, leaving the back attached to the wall. This separation allowed the bed to be made up more easily by servants. 

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Secrétaire, Paris ca. 1770-75
Philippe-Claude Montigny (1734-1800)

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Candelabra, Paris, ca. 1775

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Bed, Paris ca. 1775-80
A grand bed such as this was meant to stand in a deep niche in the most important bedroom of a private residence, where visitors were frequently received. 

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Paneled Room (salon de compagnie). Painted doors (detail)
Jean-Pierre Ledoux (French, active 1753 – 1761)

The painted doors and panels and the gilt plaster relief sculptures in the overdoors in this room come from the main reception room of a house built for Jean-Baptiste Hosten. Hosten, a wealthy planter from Santo Domingo, commissioned the celebrated architect Claude-Nicolas Ledoux to build his Paris residence, the Maison Hosten, starting around 1790. 

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Ideal Female Heads, 1769-70
Augustin Pajou (1730-1809)

The Getty Center

July 18th, 2017

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