The Art of Iron; Objects from the Musee Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen, Normandy. Metal, Kathleen M. Morris, Alexandra Bosc, Anne-Charlotte Cathelineau.

The Art of Iron; Objects from the Musee Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen, Normandy

New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2018. First edition. Perfect Bound. Small quarto, pp. 111, illustrated with b/w and color photographs. New. Item #20879

This exhibition catalog accompanied an exhibit at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts in 2018. The Musée Le Secq des Tournelles is a museum devoted to the art of wrought ironwork. The idea for the collection came from Jean-Louis-Henri Le Secq Destournelles (1818-1882), a painter who studied in Paris and Rome, and became one of the first photographers in France. As such, he was commissioned by Prosper Mérimée to photograph various French monuments when the latter became head of the historical monument department in 1845. These assignments led to his discovering numerous pieces of ironwork adorning towns and ancient monuments, and he started his collection in around 1865. His son Henry (1854–1925) continued to add to it before donating it to the City of Rouen. The museum was inaugurated in 1921. The collection reveals a wealth of artistic and picturesque iron objects, ranging historically from the Gallo-Roman era to the 20th century, and includes pieces from all over Europe as well as several objects from the East. The main themes represented are shop and property signs, cutlery, trade tools, objects of embellishment and enjoyment, and equipment and decoration for churches, homes and doors, particularly locks, coffers and caskets.

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