Pierre Gouthiere : Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court
This handsome catalogue, accompanying the critically acclaimed exhibition at the Frick celebrates the life of Pierre Gouthiere (1732-1813), considered to be one of the best Parisian bronze chasers and gilders of the eighteenth-century. Gouthiere became gilder to Louis XV in 1767, and is credited with inventing a new type of gilding that left a matte finish"dorure au mat" one of the hallmarks of his work.
Although incredibly successful in his day, Gouthiere died in relative obscurity and poverty; unlike some of his contemporaries his works never regained popularity after the French Revolution. The inclusion of detailed entries and plates of forty works positively attributed to Gouthiere, five essays by leading experts which examine Gouthiere's life, career, clientele, and gilding techniques, as well as examples of his work from French, British and American collections, ensure that this beautiful volume is an invaluable new resource on Gouthiere.
The only other volume on this master was published in 1920, and is now long out of print.
- Author: Christian Baulez
- Hardcover: 408 pages
- Date published: December 2016
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1907804618