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Jules Allard: Archival Finds from France

The Preservation Society of Newport County holds the largest collection of works by furniture maker and interior designer Jules Allard, whose businesses in Paris and New York catered to a clientele of wealthy, socially ambitious Americans during the Gilded Age.

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Jules Allard: Archival Finds from France at Rosecliff has closed.

In 2022, the curatorial and conservation teams in Newport embarked on a long-term study of the furniture and interiors attributed to Allard in our collections. To complement this study, 2023 French Heritage Society Intern Théo Lourenço will present findings from his comprehensive survey of primary and secondary sources related to Allard. These discoveries came from libraries, archives and other public and private collections in France. Lourenço will explore his research objectives and methodology, and reveal his most exciting findings that have enriched the Preservation Society’s scholarship on one of the most influential designers of the Gilded Age.

Image: Fernand Cormon, Portrait of Jules Allard, oil on canvas, 1889, The Preservation Society of Newport County

Théo Lourenço, 2023 French Heritage Society Intern

Théo Lourenço is a graduate of the École de Louvre, Paris, with degrees in Museology and the History of Art specializing in the 19th and early 20th centuries. His graduate thesis, The Louvre: An Encyclopedia Museum, was a study of the Pavillon des Sessions. In addition to his 2023 French Heritage Society internship with the Preservation Society, Lourenço has worked as a Project Coordinator for the École de Louvre and in visitor experience for Musée d’Orsay, Musée Carnavalet and the Lens-Liévin Tourist Office.

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