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  • Special Exhibition

Meissonnier: Goldsmith, Designer, and Architect

Sunday, July 6–Sunday, October 19, 2025
Location:  010 Focus Gallery
Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery
Free; No Ticket Required

About The Exhibition

Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier (1695–1750) was the most radical forerunner of the Rococo style in the decorative arts. Multitalented with entrepreneurial skills, he worked for the king of France and European aristocrats. Considered a genius goldsmith by his contemporaries, he was also a prolific designer and an aspiring architect. Due to his background in craft, Messonnier was prevented in the rigid French gild system from pursuing his desired career path. Few of his works survived political upheavals; the most celebrated is a silver tureen in the Cleveland Museum of Art, made for the Duke of Kingston. A brilliant sculpture rather than a utilitarian object, the tureen epitomizes the Rococo style with its movement, asymmetrical design, organic unity of form and ornament, and elements inspired by nature. This show offers a fresh perspective on an artist who deserves to be known to all.


All exhibitions at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Exhibitions. Principal annual support is provided by Michael Frank and the late Pat Snyder, the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation, the John and Jeanette Walton Exhibition Fund, and Margaret and Loyal Wilson. Generous annual support is provided by two anonymous supporters, Gini and Randy Barbato, the late Dick Blum and Harriet Warm, Gary and Katy Brahler, Cynthia and Dale Brogan, Dr. Ben and Julia Brouhard, Brenda and Marshall Brown, Joseph and Susan Corsaro, Richard and Dian Disantis, the Jeffery Wallace Ellis Trust in memory of Lloyd H. Ellis Jr., Leigh and Andy Fabens, the Frankino-Dodero Family Fund for Exhibitions Endowment, Florence Kahane Goodman, Janice Hammond and Edward Hemmelgarn, Robin Heiser, the late Marta and the late Donald M. Jack Jr., Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, William S. and Margaret F. Lipscomb, Bill and Joyce Litzler, the Roy Minoff Family Fund, Lu Anne and the late Carl Morrison, Jeffrey Mostade and Eric Nilson and Varun Shetty, Tim O’Brien and Breck Platner, William J. and Katherine T. O’Neill, Michael and Cindy Resch, William Roj and Mary Lynn Durham, Betty T. and David M. Schneider, Paula and Eugene Stevens, the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and Claudia Woods and David Osage.

    The Cleveland Museum of Art is funded in part by residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

    This exhibition was supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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