The Wallace Collection
Thu 15 Feb 2024
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Open Furniture Month: The Art of Living image

As part of Open Furniture Month, join Curatorial Assistant Alexander Collins to explore the development of multifunctional furniture in France during the 18th century, as well as the brilliant cabinetmakers who made it.
Alexander will reveal how following the death of Louis XIV, life as a member of France’s elite was full of splendour, style and secrecy. Under Louis XV and Louis XVI, new ways of living developed, where comfort and sociability reigned supreme in rococo, then neoclassical interiors.
You’ll learn how cabinetmakers played a pivotal role in this transition by pioneering furniture that could transform to suit a variety of activities, satisfying aristocratic desires for novelty and convenience.
Take part at the Museum: No ticket required, drop in on the day. Join us in the Theatre for this special talk.
Watch Online: This talk will also be broadcast live from the museum. Book a free ticket online to receive a Zoom link. Ticketholders will also receive a link to view a recording of the talk, which will be available for two weeks only.