"With a Centerpiece Like This, Who Needed Cake? Luigi Valadier: Splendor in Eighteenth-Century Rome," Exhibition through Jan. 20, 2019 at the Frick Collection. Review by Roberta Smith, Dec. 27, 2018, The New York Times Art & Design Section.
Money can’t buy you everything, but in 18th-century Rome, it could underwrite some pretty amazing acquisitions: a shoebox-size, neo-Classical, gilt silver casket for your wine; a Rococo clock consisting almost entirely of vivacious curves (not a straight line anywhere); or an exquisite bronze miniature of a famous Greek sculpture like the Apollo Belvedere, just the thing for a royal study.
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