Images: L: A view of the West Steps through the windows of the Picture Gallery at Houghton Hall. Photo: James Merrell. R: Cabinet at Houghton Hall, Norfolk, England. Photo: Nick McCann
Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking explores the history of the watch and clock maker Breguet. The company’s cutting-edge innovations transformed the nature of personal timekeeping, and the exhibition will include displays describing the technology that earned Abraham-Louis Breguet his sobriquet as “the father of modern horology.”
This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in collaboration with Montres Breguet.
Abraham-Louis Breguet and Antoine-Louis Breguet, subscription watch, sold in 1798. Silver case with gold fillets, enamel dial, and ruby cylinder escapement, diameter: 2 3/8 in. (6.2 cm). Collection Montres Breguet S.A.
Dive deeper into English country life with a specially designed reading list for visitors of all ages, provided by the San Francisco Public Library.
For kids (ages 8-12) who want to read stories about life in an English country house:
• Horton Halfpott by Tom Angleberger
• The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place:The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood
• The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
• The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Friday, November 7, through Sunday, November 9, 2014
Three days only! Double your member discount on all regularly priced merchandise at the de Young and Legion of Honor Museum Stores and online at shop.famsf.org.
In-stock items only. Current membership required.
High on the headlands above the Golden Gate—where the Pacific Ocean spills into San Francisco Bay—stands the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, the gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels to the city of San Francisco. Located in Lincoln Park, this unique art museum is one of the great treasures in a city that boasts many riches. The museum’s spectacular setting is made even more dramatic by the imposing French neoclassical building.
In 1915 Alma Spreckels fell in love with the French Pavilion at San Francisco’s Panama Pacific International Exposition.
El Cid Campéador, 1921, cast ca. 1927
The Thinker, ca. 1880, cast ca. 1904
Pax Jerusalemme, 1998–1999
Joan of Arc, 1915
Anna Hyatt Huntington (1876–1973)
This monumental equestrian statue depicts the French national hero, Joan of Arc (ca. 1412–1431). This figure, in full armor, stands from the stirrups of her horse, poised to go into battle, her body and gaze turned towards the sky. Her arm is raised with sword in hand as her steed strides forward.
The figure reflects Joan’s pride, calm, and confidence at the start of the 1428–1429 Siege of Orléans, when she led French troops to victory against the English during the Hundred Years’ War.
Explore the glamour and sophistication of one of the world’s preeminent costume collections, whose fashions worn by American women reflect the nation’s tastes and transformations over the course of the 20th century. High Style, presented exclusively on the West Coast at the Legion of Honor, provides a rare opportunity to view the evolution of fashion from 1910 to 1980 through more than 60 stunning costumes, 30 costume accessories, and an array of related fashion sketches from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection.
Adults $20–$23, seniors 65+ $17–$20, students with current ID $16–$19, youths 6–17 $10–$13, members and children 5 and under free. Prices subject to change without notice.
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This exhibition is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
The Estate of Merrill and Hedy Thruston
The Diana Dollar Knowles Fund
The Estate of Harriet E. Lang
Mr. and Mrs. William Hamilton
Jim and Arlene Sullivan
Lead Event Sponsor
Additional support provided through proceeds from The Art of Fashion: Runway Show and Luncheon.
Charles James, "Four-Leaf Clover" dress, 1953. Duchesse satin, lace, and silk shantung. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection, 2009; Gift of Josephine Abercrombie,1953, 2009.300.784. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art