The Golden Age of French Furniture

From the Workshop to the Palace

6 march to 28 september 2020
running times vary
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
The Golden Age of French Furniture

In the 18th century, French furniture reached unprecedented levels of excellence. This exhibition highlights some iconic pieces of furniture and aims to show what lies behind the execution of these fantastic pieces. Known as the Golden Century of French furniture, the 18th century witnessed several changes in this field, boasting unprecedented technical and artistic quality in furniture production. This was made possible by the favorable conditions of that era. The starting point of this exhibition are some iconic pieces from the Founder’s Collection produced during this period. It aims to explore the various stages in the production of these pieces, from the raw material – wood – to the delicate, exuberant furniture specifically created for royal palaces, thus unraveling the secrets of its creation – the artisans and workshops that created them, their materials of choice, and the techniques and tools they used.

Although the Museum is temporarily closed, exhibition curator Clara Serra will take us on a short guided tour of 18th-century French furniture. The piece we showcase here is a sophisticated lady’s writing table, built by Martin Carlin and lined with Sèvres porcelain plates painted by Dodin.

Wednesday to Monday from 10 am to 6 pm


Curated by Clara Serra


Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

foundation, museum, library, auditorium
Avenida de Berna, 45A 217 823 000