A Blueprint for Taste: Contemporary Collecting of Ebenisterie and French Impressionism

Moehrke, Mark Joseph (2001) A Blueprint for Taste: Contemporary Collecting of Ebenisterie and French Impressionism. MPhil(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

This exhibition will look at the taste among contemporary wealthy collectors for Louis XV and Louis XVI ebenisterie and French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings by examining objects from the recent sales at Christie's of three prominent private collections. A review of the history of collecting of both categories of objects, from their beginnings to the present day, will address the issue of how these objects have come to command the very highest prices in today's art market. In so doing, prominent collectors and market performance throughout these periods will be examined. It will be argued that collecting eighteenth-century ebenisterie and French Impressionism and Post-Impressionism has today become a pattern among the wealthiest collectors, and furthermore, that this particular pattern has come to represent the height of taste.

Item Type: Thesis (MPhil(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Additional Information: Adviser: Ian Cox
Keywords: Art history, Arts management
Date of Award: 2001
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:2001-76061
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2019 17:02
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 17:02
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/76061

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