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'Paris Life and Luxury' Exhibition At The Getty Museum In Los Angeles

First Posted: 07/23/11 02:08 AM ET   Updated: 09/21/11 06:12 AM ET

The Getty Museum's exhibition "Paris Life and Luxury" is a chance to experience the opulence which filled the parlors of Paris in the mid-eighteenth century. The trappings of life in elite Paris society are all on display: the board games, candlesticks, jewelry, musical instruments, furniture and clocks.

Paris was the fashion and cultual epicenter of Europe at the time, a status clearly evident in the objects displayed. Under the reign of Louis XV from 1723-1744, the arts flourished in Paris. Objects in the exhibit are grouped by the time of day they would be in use, allowing for a more complete look at mid-eighteenth century Parisian life.

Following its premier presentation at the Getty Center, Paris: Life and Luxury travels to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where it will be on view September 18–December 10, 2011.

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Jean-François Oeben, "Mechanical Reading, Writing, and Toilette Table," about 1750.
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