French Furniture

The primary strength of the Eugenia Woodward Hitt Collection, bequeathed to the Museum in 1991, is furniture of the Louis XIV, XV, and XVI periods, including seating furniture, case pieces such as commodes and writing desks, and clocks. The majority of the furniture is signed by well-known craftsmen working during the eighteenth century, such as Georges Jacob and Jacques Dubois. Reflecting the Régence period with an emphasis on sculptural decoration, the Rococo style with its lively curves and naturalistic motifs, and the pristine forms of the Neoclassical period, the collection provides a well-rounded overview of the changing tastes of France’s haute société.