Symposium: Upholsterers and Decorators in 19th Century France: Georges Hoentschel’s Predecessors


Friday, October 28, 2011


2:00 pm – 5:00 pm


BGC, 38 West 86th Street


This half-day symposium previews the exhibition The Decorative Arts Arrive: The Georges Hoentschel Collection between Paris and New York, to open at the Bard Graduate Center in April 2013. The exhibition will showcase the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection of French decorative arts assembled by Georges Hoentschel, one of the most important interior decorators in late 19th Century Paris, which was purchased and donated by J.P. Morgan in 1907 becoming the nucleus of the Museum’s European decorative arts collection.


Xavier Bonnet
(Independent Scholar)
Paris Upholstery Trade in the late 18th and Early 19th Century

Sylvain Cordier
(Independent Scholar)
Inventing and Marketing Historical Furniture in Early 19th Century Paris: Alexis Delahante, marchand de curiosité.


Xavier Bonnet, “Paris Upholstery Trade in the 18th and Early 19th Century,” will address the evolution of the upholstery trade starting in the 18th century as a precursor of enterprises such as Maison Leys, the design and decorating firm headed by Georges Hoentschel. Sylvain Cordier, “Inventing and Marketing Historical Furniture in Early 19th Century Paris: Alexis Delahante, marchand de curiosité” will address the trade in second hand furniture and antiques which became a far-reaching international business. The two speakers will be joined by exhibition curators Ulrich Leben, Special Projects Curator at the BGC, Danïelle Kisluk-Grosheide, Curator of Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Deborah L. Krohn, Associate Professor at the BGC who will present a summary of new research and recent discoveries carried out thus far by the curators together with Bard Graduate Center students in preparation for the collaborative exhibition.

For more information please contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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