The Decorative Arts Collection of the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art encompasses over three hundreds objects organised into four distinct domains.
The founding and main section is 18th century French furniture, represented by prestigious works of great cabinet makers like Martin Carlin, Jean-Henri Riesener or Adam Weisweiler. The most refined decorations — inlays of precious wood, straw and metal, Asian lacquer, gilded bronze and painted motifs — adorn furniture ranging from desks, bonheur-du-jour (escritoires) and commodes to cabinets with secret drawers and pedestal tables. This ensemble is enlarged with the addition of Medieval and Renaissance furniture.
One of the other major aspects of this collection is sculpture from the Middle Ages to Baroque, especially dedicated to Christian art, with representations of the Virgin and of the Christ’s Life, such as ivory statuettes and reliefs or wooden altarpieces.
The collection also features decorative objects, which combine luxurious materials – like hard stones, ivory, enamel, Chinese porcelain or majolica – and their precious implementation in vases, boxes, mirrors and luminaires. It also includes a beautiful group of tapestries fashioned between the 16th and the 18th century.
At last, there is a collection of clocks that associate the most advanced technologies of the Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment with a rich and varied iconography, depicting mythological and exotic themes.
The choices that led to this decorative arts collection were marked by a spirit of curiosity and a taste for both aesthetic and technological excellence.