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International Neo-Grec: Luxury of the Ancients Reinterpreted for an Industrializing Age
Collector and American Design and Arts Forum Board member Kyle McGuire will present the highlights of his collection of Neo-Grec furniture and decorative arts and tie them back to the history and development of this unique period in American and European design history. This era is the tail end of the small hand-based workshop and the flowering of larger design and furnishing firms that were taking full advantage of industrial techniques to produce and market a wide variety of highly ornamental goods at various levels of quality and price.The presentation will walk through some of the key elements, motifs, and design source material used in Neo-Grec pieces of the 1860s and 1870s. He will cover connoisseurship, how to distinguish it from other historical revival Victorian styles, and how the style fits into the long arc of over five centuries of Neoclassical design. The talk will also cover preliminary research into the designers and print sources of this under-studied area of 19th century decorative arts.

Feb 15, 2022 06:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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