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Highlights of the Dr Brock collection acquired by the Getty Museum include a pair of gilt-bronze candelabra (one shown) attributed to the prominent Baroque cabinetmaker André-Charles Boulle, called during his lifetime “the most skilful artisan in Paris”.

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Dr Brock has been collecting French and English decorative arts and Old Master drawings for the last 30 years.

He began lending decorative arts objects to the Getty Museum in 1997 and made several long-term loans through 2008. Since being lent to the Getty, these objects have been on continuous display in the European decorative arts galleries in the South Pavilion Plaza Level at the Getty Center.

The acquisition of the 31 pieces is a combined gift and purchase.

 "These exquisite objects constitute the most significant acquisition of French decorative arts made by the museum in many years," says director Timothy Potts.