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Lunchtime with a Curator: Decorative Arts Design Series

France’s Crown Jewels: An American Gilded-Age Treasure

Afternoon Course

Monday, October 3, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1K0285
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Empress Eugénie’s Currant Leaf Parure, 1855

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Join curator Elizabeth Lay, a regular lecturer on the topics of fashion, textiles, and American furniture, for an image-rich lunchtime lecture series focusing on decorative arts and design topics.

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France’s Crown Jewels: An American Gilded-Age Treasure

When the French Republic sold the country’s crown jewels at public auction in December 1886, buyers from leading European and American jewelers flocked to the Palais de Tuileries at the Louvre with the hope of acquiring a piece of the magnificent collection. Tiffany & Co. secured one-third of all the lots, eventually selling the jewels to wealthy Americans eager to have a piece of royal heritage themselves. Adopted into the wardrobes of Gilded-Age heiresses, these jewels assumed new meanings. Independent decorative arts curator Amy McHugh explores how symbols of the French monarchy’s inherited power and wealth were reinvented as icons of democratic capitalism and self-made industrial fortunes.

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