About: Laura Dominguez

I was a library assistant in special collections cataloging at the Getty Research Institute, processing the papers and drawings of architects Ray Kappe and William Krisel. I have a B.A. in architectural history from Columbia University and am a recent graduate of the Master of Historic Preservation program at the University of Southern California. My research interests include the California Arts and Crafts movement, midcentury modernism and culture in Los Angeles, and more recent developments of cultural heritage and preservation movements in ethnic enclaves.

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Treasures from the Vault: William Krisel, Southern California’s Architect

William Krisel and Dan Palmer in 1958
William Krisel and Dan Palmer in 1958. Julius Shulman photography archive. The Getty Research Institute, 2004.R.10

The Getty Research Institute is pleased to announce the opening of a new archive relating to mid-century architecture in Southern California: the William Krisel papers. Processed with a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources, the collection consists… More»

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      ROSE

      This milky pink boomed into popularity because of a marketing ploy, a mistress, and its ambiguous origins.

      In an effort to compete with the renowned Meissen porcelain factory, the French Sèvres manufactory recruited the glamorous Madame de Pompadour (mistress to King Louis XV). Like a smart sponsorship deal, Sèvres gave her all the porcelain she requested. 

      Introduced in 1757, this rich pink exploded on the scene thanks to favoritism by Madame Pompadour herself. 

      The glaze itself had a weird history. To the Europeans it looked Chinese, and to the Chinese it was European. It was made based on a secret 17th-century glassmaker’s technique, involving mixing glass with flecks of gold.

      For more on colors and their often surprising histories, check out The Brilliant History of Color in Art.

      12/19/14

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