Artists and Makers

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema's Oleander

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

“There is no need to be afraid of using the language of exaggeration in speaking of an artist of the very first rank because he happens to be a contemporary…the plain truth is that in his management of light and shade, in his minute exactness of imitation, and in his… Read More »
Emile Gallie Signature

Gallé, Emile

Emile Gallé is widely considered the leading artistic innovator of the Art Nouveau movement, creating works of glass and furniture that are breathtakingly beautiful and awe-inspiring in their complexity and variety. Born in 1846 into a family with a tradition of glassmaking in the town of… Read More »
Elephant Clock by Asprey & Company

Asprey & Company

One of the finest purveyors of English luxury goods ever (and once owned by Prince Jefri Bolkiah, brother of the Sultan of Brunei), Asprey & Company was founded in 1781 and holds royal patents from the Prince of Wales. Its first royal warrant was given in 1862 by Queen Victoria, and since… Read More »
William Bouguereau

Bouguereau, William

Considered the finest of the French academic painters, William Adolphe Bouguereau's works are among the most renowned artworks of the 19th-century. Deeply influenced by the classical tradition, Bouguereau is immediately recognized for his amazing portraits idealizing the human figure. A… Read More »
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In response to a wealthy landowners request to make the best use of the natural resources of the infertile Baccarat region of France, King Louis XV created "Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat" in 1765 by royal decree. The renowned company was the first French glassworks firm… Read More »
Royal Vienna Tall Case Clock by Gustav Becker

Becker, Gustav

Gustav Becker trained in both Austria and Germany, opening his first workshop in 1850 in Frieberg, Germany. Shortly thereafter, in 1852, he received his first gold medal from the Silesia Trade Expo for design, and many awards and medals soon followed. His decorative clocks were originally… Read More »
Pierre Auguste Renoir

Renoir, Pierre-Auguste

Rembrandt, da Vinci, Picasso, Renoir...The difference between artistic talent and artistic genius can often be assessed in a single brushstroke. Without question, Pierre-Auguste Renoir stands at the forefront of history's most recognized and acclaimed artists - a true artistic genius,… Read More »
John Belchier is counted among the major furniture makers of the early 18th century

Belchier, John

John Belchier is counted among the major furniture makers of the early 18th century. He is credited with the creation of some of the finest decor of the Queen Anne period. His works are renowned for their lush veneers of burr walnut and brilliant gilt accents, but without question, his… Read More »
John Henry Belter

Belter, John Henry

1804-1863 • American — Recognized as both a pioneer in the design of luxury furnishings and as a craftsman in the exquisite execution of quality and construction, Belter is widely considered to be the finest furniture maker of the Rococo Revival period. His wood of choice was… Read More »
Girl in a Green Coat by Berthe Morisot

Morisot, Berthe

First Female Impressionist?Berthe Morisot was the grand-niece of the renowned Rococo painter Jean-Honore Fragonard. She was also the only woman to exhibit with the French Impressionists at their first show in 1874 at the gallery of the photographer Felix Nadar. Edouard Manet painted more… Read More »