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Part of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Date: ca. 1700Accession Number: 66.64.15
I H (British, mid–late 17th century)
Date: 1675–76Accession Number: 68.141.152a, b, .153a, b
Attributed to Thomas Roberts (active 1685–1714)
Date: ca. 1700Accession Number: 1998.297.1
Date: ca. 1698Accession Number: 68.217.1a
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This gallery, as part of the Annie Laurie Aitken Galleries, contains English furniture and decoration from the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The centerpiece of the gallery is the state bed from Hampton Court, Herefordshire, that dates to about 1698. The bed and the chairs that flank it retain much of their original fabric upholstery, rare survivals from this period.
Many of the objects reflect the taste for Asian goods imported by the East India Company as well as the English products inspired by these imports, later referred to by the catch-all term "chinoiserie." A pair of English tapestries and Chinese porcelain vessels illustrates the passion for this style. Two marquetry cabinets show the influence of Dutch and French artisans on English furniture makers.
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