Pierre GouthièreVirtuoso Gilder at the French Court
Christian Baulez and Charlotte Vignon. Contributions by Anne Forray-Carlier, Joseph Godla, Helen Jacobsen, Luisa Penalva, and Emmanuel Sarméo
Published by GILES in association with the Frick Collection
Published — (UK and USA)
Dimensions — 408 pages, 280 x 240 mm (9 ½ x 11 in)
Illustrations — 322 colour
Format — Hardback
Price — UK£54.95 / US$79.95
ISBN — 978-1-907804-61-8
Press Release — A major new volume on the life of the celebrated...
"An essay by Baulez, brought up-to-date with new discoveries and insights and translated into English, constitutes the core of the splendidly produced publication"—Reinier Baarsen, The Burlington Magazine
"Possibly the next best thing to owning a Gouthière piece!"—Tim Forrest's E & A
Pierre Gouthière – the man with the Midas touch. Read Eve Kahn's article in Apollo here
"The dazzling accompanying book, by Vignon and former chief curator at the Musée de Versailles Christian Baulez, is the first English monograph on Gouthière, and includes the first catalogue raisonné of his work compiled since 1912 and a trove of new art historical and technical research by leading scholars in the field relating to those works that can now be attributed with certainty to this extraordinary artist"—Barrymore Laurence Scherer, The Magazine Antiques
"Publiés in extenso, ils offrent une mine d’informations hors pair. Magnifiquement édité, ce livre est donc appelé à devenir un usuel pour tous ceux qui s’intéressent à Gouthière et au bronze doré"—Hervé Grandsart, Connaissance des Arts
About the Book
Pierre Gouthière: Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court celebrates the life of Pierre Gouthière (1732–1813), considered to be one of the best Parisian bronze chasers and gilders of the 18th century. Gouthière became gilder to Louis XV in 1767, and is credited with inventing a new type of gilding that left a matte finish—dorure au mat—one of the hallmarks of his work. Although incredibly successful in his day, Gouthière died in relative obscurity and poverty; unlike some of his contemporaries, his works never regained popularity after the French Revolution.
The inclusion of detailed entries and plates of forty-nine works positively attributed to Gouthière, five essays by leading experts that examine Gouthière’s life, career, clientele, and gilding techniques, as well as examples of his work from American, Polish, Portuguese, French and British collections, ensure that this beautiful volume is an invaluable new resource on Gouthière. Moreover, this is the first major study on Gouthière since 1912.
An exhibition opens at The Frick Collection, New York, November 16, 2016–February 19, 2017. A version of the exhibition travels to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris as Or virtuose à la cour de France– Pierre Gouthière 1732–1813, March 15–June 25, 2017.
About the Author(s)
Charlotte Vignon is Curator of Decorative Arts at The Frick Collection, New York. Christian Baulez is an historian of French 18th-century decorative arts and architecture and former Chief Curator at the Château de Versailles. Anne Forray-Carlier is Chief Curator of 17th- and 18th-Century Decorative Arts at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Joseph Godla is Chief Conservator at The Frick Collection. Helen Jacobsen is Chief Curator at the Wallace Collection, London. Luisa Penalva is Curator of Gold, Silver, and Jewelry Collections at the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon. Anna Saratowicz-Dudyńska is Curator of Silver and Bronze at the Royal Castle, Warsaw. Emmanuel Sarméo is an independent scholar.