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Finding Aid for the Altounian-Lorbet Study Photographs of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, 1906 - 1954
88.P.1  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Altounian-Lorbet study photographs of sculpture and decorative arts
    Date (inclusive): 1906-1954
    Number: 88.P.1
    Creator/Collector: Altounian-Lorbet Antiquaires (firm)
    Physical Description: 7.2 linear feet (25 boxes)
    Repository:
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: The Altounian-Lorbet study photographs of sculpture and decorative arts document the works of art sold by or offered to the dealership and reflect the firm's specialization in medieval sculpture and minor arts, decorative arts of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, and Egyptian and Greek antiquities. The photographs constitute a primary record of works available on the European art market before World War II, particularly in the area of monumental sculpture, and include documentation of pre- and post-restoration states of some works.
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    Language: Collection material is in French.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Altounian-Lorbet Antiquaires was a dealership originally established in Paris about 1906 by Joseph Altounian. Altounian was joined in the business by his wife, Henriette Lorbet, in 1924, and the shop subsequently relocated to Mâcon. From the early teens through the 1940s, Altounian-Lorbet was a major source of Egyptian and Greek antiquities, medieval sculpture, and decorative arts of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries for museums and private collectors. Altounian-Lorbet was notable for the high quality and importance of the works it handled. This held especially true for medieval sculpture, for which it was one of the main suppliers to French and American collections. Many pieces now in the United States trace their source to Altounian-Lorbet, through its close relations with the New York dealer, Joseph Brummer. In 1954, the business was passed on to their daughter, Jacqueline Altounian-Lorbet, and her husband, Bernard Rousset, who shifted the firm's emphasis from ancient and medieval art to period furniture.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Photographs and permissions must be obtained from copyright holder(s). For further information, contact Library Reproductions and Permissions .

    Preferred Citation

    Altounian-Lorbet study photographs of sculpture and decorative arts, 1906 - 1954, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 88.P.1
    http://hdl.handle.net/10020/cifa88p1

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1988.

    Processing History

    Jan Bender created the collection inventory in 2014, and Ann Harrison completed the finding aid.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Altounian-Lorbet study photographs of sculpture and decorative arts document the works of art sold by or offered to the dealership and reflect the firm's specialization in medieval sculpture and minor arts, decorative arts of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, and Egyptian and Greek antiquities. The photographs constitute a primary record of works available on the European art market before World War II, particularly in the area of monumental sculpture, and include documentation of the pre- and post-restoration states of some works.
    Approximately forty percent of the collection consists of images of sculpture (including architectural ensembles), primarily Romanesque and Gothic, with some Renaissance works, in stone, wood, and ivory, and with an emphasis on French works. A further thirty percent of the images are devoted to works of decorative arts from the medieval period through the eighteenth century, including furniture, tapestries and other textiles, boiseries, clocks, enamels and metalwork. Fifteen percent of the photographs are of works of ancient art, primarily Egyptian and Classical sculpture and Greek vases. The collection also includes approximately 250 photographs of European paintings (primarily medieval and Renaissance periods) and 100 photographs of non-Western art (African, Chinese, southeast Asian, and pre-Columbian objects).

    Arrangement

    The collection is primarily arranged by medium, and then by culture.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Topics

    Art--Conservation and restoration
    Decoration and ornament, Architectural
    Decorative arts, Medieval--Europe
    Decorative arts--Europe
    Enamel and enameling--Europe
    Furniture--Europe
    Metal-work--Europe
    Painting, European
    Sculpture, Classical
    Sculpture, Egyptian
    Sculpture, Gothic
    Sculpture, Renaissance
    Sculpture, Romanesque
    Sculpture, Romanesque--France
    Tapestry--Europe
    Textile fabrics--Europe
    Vases, Greek

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Black-and-white prints (photographs)
    Gelatin silver prints