Talk: The Sun King and French Decorative Arts

Hear a talk about the magnificent decorative arts produced at the Gobelins factory from 1662 for a most discerning client – Louis XIV, the Sun King.

  • When Tue 31 Jan 2017, 5:30–7:00pm
  • Where
    Te Huinga Centre, Level 3
  • Cost Public $35, Friends $25 (includes a raffle ticket, a glass of wine, and free parking)
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Art historian David Maskill gives an illustrated presentation, The Taste of Angels: French Decorative Arts in the Age of the Sun King. Under Louis XIV’s patronage, Italian, Flemish, Dutch, German, and French craftsmen were brought to the Royal Manufactory of the Gobelins in Paris. There, they created the finest furniture, tapestries, and silverware. The productions of the Gobelins were the envy of Europe, and every ruler sought to imitate the Sun King’s taste.

Entry includes a glass of wine, a raffle ticket, and free parking.

European Splendour 1500–1800

This talk coincides with the exhibition European Splendour 1500–1800 at Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa, Level 5. See exquisite European art and objects that reveal how the Church, trade, and innovation influenced what was once considered the height of affluence.

About David Maskill

David Maskill is Senior Lecturer in Art History at Victoria University of Wellington. He teaches courses on European art 1600–1800, and has a particular interest in French art of the 1700s and 1800s.


Bookings required. Click ‘Book now’ at the top of the page, email, or phone (04) 381 7051.

Section of colourful tapestry


Charles Lebrun (designer), Louis XIV visiting the Gobelins manufactory, 1667, Gobelins tapestry. Courtesy of David Maskill 

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