Edgar Harden Art Advisory


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With a BA and an MA in Art History, an MA in Decorative Arts History and work experience in museums and auction houses, Edgar Harden acts as an advisor and curator to private clients, corporations, museums, interior designers and dealers. For ten years he worked at the Walters Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Art, the Louvre, the Getty, Christie’s and Phillips before embarking on a solo career in 2002. His main areas of interest rest firmly within the furniture, decorative arts and design idioms from 1600 to present.

As an expert on pictures frames he has spent much of his time at the aforementioned institutions focusing on them. He has written on frames ("Claude et les quatre Louis: l'emploie de cadres anciens chez Monet", Dossier de l'Art (May 1999) a special issue of L'Estampille/L'Objet d'Art for the exhibitions Monet in the 20th Century, London, Royal Academy and Les Nymphéas, Paris, L’Orangerie) and is preparing a book on the history of the French frame. He has also lectured on frames (“Makers and Marks” in From Classicism to Expressionism: The Synthetic Approach to the Frame, New York University, March 2004; “The French Royal Picture Frame from the 17th through the 19th Centuries” in Global Embrace: Celebrating 500 Years of European Frames, New York University, April 2002; “Renewing the Lys: Sculpture and Design in French Royal Picture Frames”, in Oak, Box, Pear, Lime: Sculpted Wood 1500-1900, Victoria & Albert Museum, London/Claydon House, Buckinghamshire, May 2001).

He is the co-author of the catalogue of French 17th-19th-century French furniture in the Victoria & Albert Museum (due June 2010).