2016-2017 Lecture Series: Belle Epoque
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March 6, 2017 | 5:50pm - 8:00pm
The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
Grand Gallery
New York, NY

Decorative Arts of the Belle Epoque:
Influences of the Period

Victoria Ayers, Roland Auctions
Wine and Welcome - 5:50pm
Lecture - 6:10pm
Reception - 7:20pm

The Belle Époque or La Belle Époque is French for “Beautiful Era”, and was a period of Western European history dating from 1871 to the outbreak of World War I in around 1914.

This period of peace between the wars was a time of optimism, regional calm, economic prosperity, and technological, scientific and cultural innovations. The Belle Époque was named, in retrospect, when it began to be considered a “Golden Age” in contrast to the horrors of World War I.  

Art Nouveau is the most popularly recognized art movement to emerge from the period.
This largely decorative style characterized by its curvilinear forms, and nature inspired motifs became prominent from the mid-1890s and dominated progressive design throughout much of Europe.  

The era’s technological and scientific advances also allowed for craftsmen to fabricate and produce objects with greater ease, in larger quantities and for less cost.

This presentation will examine French, Continental, English and American furniture and objects of the period, including examples by Cartier, Linke, and Gorham, as compared with similar examples of lesser quality, and the differences in their value in the current market.


1.5 CE credits



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PLEASE NOTE: Jeans are not permitted, and men are required to wear jackets at the National Arts Club. For more information on the dress code, please visit the National Arts Club's website.

This lecture series is supported by Hub International, one of the largest insurance brokers in the world, and represents a broad, deep, one-of-a-kind aggregation of insurance entrepreneurs. Hub’s sponsorship assists us in our delivery of the highest level of connoisseurship that provides a platform for dialog to a wide spectrum of attendees from across the art world.  

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