Goldsmithing of the Renaissance and Modern Times

16th, 17th, and 18th centuries

The collection of the Louvre Museum

By Michèle Bimbenet-Privat, Florian Doux and Catherine Gougeon

This 3-volume book has received the SNA Art Book Award 2023.
It presents t
he most beautiful collection of modern goldsmithing in the world.
A co-edition of Louvre Editions & Editions Faton

A book signing session by Michèle Bimbenet-Privat will take place at FAB Paris on Thursday, November 23rd at 6:30 pm.

Le livre “Orfèvrerie de la Renaissance et des Temps Modernes - XVIe,XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles - La collection du musée du Louvre”


The remarkable collection of modern goldsmithing at the Louvre, which includes nearly 900 objects created between 1500 and 1800 in France and Europe, is impressive in its scope.

Its progressive formation certainly makes it the most beautiful collection in the world, bearing witness to a long history that began in the royal collections, revived by the interest of 19th-century enthusiasts, and perpetuated to this day thanks to the determination of the museum’s curators and the generosity of the greatest patrons.

The 18th century goldsmithing is particularly well represented here, with grand aristocratic tableware sets, as well as toiletry items, lighting fixtures, and beautiful examples of religious goldsmithing dating back to the 16th century, such as the treasure of the Order of the Holy Spirit.

These masterpieces come from the personal collections of the kings of France and the princes of the royal family, as well as European sovereigns such as Joseph I of Portugal or George III of England, who were clients of Parisian goldsmiths.

In 1955, these exceptional pieces were complemented by those from the Puiforcat collection, which today constitutes a unique corpus of study in the world.

Livre : Orfèvrerie de la Renaissance et des Temps Modernes

This publication is the result of thirty years of research.

It renews the knowledge of the history of works, styles, iconography, and heraldry.

The entries, which are abundantly illustrated and accompanied by references, also include photographs of hallmarks.

To facilitate its use, this reference work also includes 262 biographies of goldsmiths, an index, and a heraldic table.

It is designed to be an essential resource in the field.

Orfèvrerie de la Renaissance et des Temps Modernes : volume 1
Orfèvrerie de la Renaissance et des Temps Modernes : volume 2
Orfèvrerie de la Renaissance et des Temps Modernes : volume 3


Louvre Editions & Editions Faton
Format: 24 x 32 cm
1,048 pages, over 2 400 illustrations


Three volumes

  • Volume 1: 264 pages
  • Volume 2: 392 pages
  • Volume 3: 392 pages

Hardcover bound in an illustrated case

Publication date: November 22
ISBN : 978-2-87844-321-9



SNA Art Book Award 2023

This book is available at the Librairie du Louvre stand in FAB PARIS, from November 22nd to 26th 2023
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It is also available online on the Editions Faton website.





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