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Thomas Toft (working before 1663, died 1689)
Date: ca. 1680Accession Number: 24.241.2
Date: ca. 1575–95Accession Number: 2009.280
Date: ca. 1685–89Accession Number: 18.110.18
Symon Owen (active 1595–1624)
Date: 1610–11Accession Number: 68.141.136
Date: 1610–11Accession Number: 68.141.135
Date: ca. 1600Accession Number: 65.182.1
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Part of the Annie Laurie Aitken Galleries, this richly carved period room was removed from a late sixteenth-century house in Great Yarmouth, England, that was built for a prosperous merchant, William Crowe. The oak paneling is carved with columns, arches, half-length grotesque figures—all motifs derived from classical antiquity but expressed in the exuberant idiom of Antwerp Mannerism.
The room was altered several times before its acquisition by the Museum in 1965, but it remains evocative of the sophisticated tastes and deep pockets of Britain's merchants, many of them, like Crowe, engaged in trade with the Spanish Habsburg empire. The room is installed with domestic furnishings of outstanding quality, including furniture, tapestries, silver, enamel, brass, and pewter ranging in date from the late sixteenth to the late seventeenth century.
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