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Symposium: The Salon Doré: French 18th-Century Interiors and the American Museum

conservation treatment of a large mirror

A conservator at work on the mirrored sections of the Salon Doré paneling.

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Florence Gould Theater

As the Salon Doré from the Hôtel de La Trémoille at the Legion of Honor reopens after an extensive renovation project, join us for a daylong symposium dedicated to exploring the idea of the Salon Doré and the Parisian hôtel.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for the symposium are sold out. Tune in online here on April 5 at 9:45 am for a live stream of the event, viewable in the player below.


9:45–10 am Welcome and Introduction, Colin Bailey, director, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Session 1: The Parisian Hôtel

10–10:45 am “The Salon Doré from the Hôtel de La Trémoille,” Martin Chapman, curator in charge, European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

10:45–11:30 am “The Parisian Hôtel Particulier,” Alexandre Gady, Université Paris-Sorbonne

11:30 am–12:15 “The Hours of the Day in the Parisian Hôtel,” Charissa Bremer-David, curator of sculpture and decorative arts, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

12:15–1:30 pm Lunch and viewing of the Salon Doré from the Hôtel de La Trémoille

1:30–2:15 pm “Parade's End: On Coypell's Bed and the Artist's Interior,” Katie Scott, the Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Session 2: The French Period Room in the American Museum

2:15–3 pm "The French Touch: French Wall Paneling and Interior Decoration as International Merchandise (1850–1920)," Ulrich Leben, research scholar, Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, New York

3–3:15 pm Afternoon break

3:15–4 pm “The Wrightsman Rooms at the Metropolitan Museum,” Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide, curator of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

4–4:25 pm “The Carlhian and Duveen Archives: A Key to French Paneled Rooms in America,” Teresa Morales, independent scholar, freelance provenance research, and arts consultant

4:25–5:15 pm “Furnishing the Parisian Salon: The Example of the Hôtel de La Trémoille,” Xavier Bonnet, historical upholsterer, Atelier Saint-Louis, Paris

Ticket Information

This symposium is sold out.

Please note the change in date for the symposium to Saturday, April 5, 2014.

Symposium ticketholders should enter at the Legion of Honor's main entrance by 9:15 am with their ticket confirmation. The symposium starts promptly at 9:45 am. Latecomers will be seated in the back of the theater.


Donors to the Renovation of the Salon Doré: Major Patrons: Cynthia Fry Gunn and John A. Gunn in memory of John E. Buchanan, Jr. Corporate Sponsor: BreguetBreguet logo. Patrons: Jamie and Philip Bowles, the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Staffan Encrantz, The European Decorative Arts Council, The Fifth Age of Man Foundation,  Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Goss II, F. Scott Gross and Terry Gross, Mr. and Mrs. William Hamilton, Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Françoise and Andrew Skurman, Mr. Benjamin Steinitz in memory of Bernard B. Steinitz, The Michael Taylor Trust, and Diane B. Wilsey. Patron Gifts in Memory of John E. Buchanan, Jr.: Mr. and Mrs. Adolphus Andrews Jr., The Kimball Foundation, Jeannik Méquet Littlefield, Denise Littlefield Sobel, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Osher, Constance Crowley Peabody, and Lonna Wais.

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Gregory Stock