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Managing editor Merantine Hens talks about being Dutch and quintessentially Dutch qualities and quirks.

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People in Holland will do a double take when I speak to them: 'Hmm, you're not from around here, are you?'

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  • Merantine Hens
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  • Dutch Girl in White  |  1907  |  Robert Henri (American)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, 1950 (50.47)
    8551024
  • Curiosity  |  ca. 1660  |  Gerard ter Borch (Dutch)  |  Oil on canvas  |  The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.38)
    8311024
  • Merrymakers at Shrovetide  |  ca. 1615  |  Frans Hals (Dutch)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.605)
    7811024
  • Reading the News at the Weavers' Cottage  |  1673  |  Adriaen van Ostade (Dutch)  |  Pen and brown ink, watercolor, white heightening, traces of graphite, framing lines by the artist(?) in brown ink and gold  |  Bequest of Lore Heinemann, in memory of her husband, Dr. Rudolf J. Heinemann, 1996 (1997.117.10)
    8611024
  • Woman  |  1950  |  Willem de Kooning (American, born the Netherlands)  |  Oil, cut and pasted paper on cardboard  |  From the Collection of Thomas B. Hess, Gift of the heirs of Thomas B. Hess, 1984 (1984.613.6)   |  © 2011 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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  • Self-Portrait  |  1660  |  Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.618)
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  • Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat (verso: The Potato Peeler)  |  1887  |  Vincent van Gogh (Dutch)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), 1967 (67.187.70a)
    8171024
  • Young Woman with a Water Pitcher  |  ca. 1662  |  Johannes Vermeer (Dutch)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1889 (89.15.21)
    8971024
  • Young Woman with a Water Pitcher  |  ca. 1662  |  Johannes Vermeer (Dutch)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1889 (89.15.21)
    1280943
  • Interior with a Young Couple  |  early 1660s  |  Pieter de Hooch (Dutch)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.613)
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  • Woman with a Water Pitcher, and a Man by a Bed ("The Maidservant")  |  ca. 1667–70  |  Pieter de Hooch (Dutch)  |  Oil on canvas  |  The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.15)
    8611024
  • The Dissolute Household  |  ca. 1663–64  |  Jan Steen (Dutch)  |  Oil on canvas  |  The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982 (1982.60.31)
    8661024
  • View of Haarlem and the Haarlemmer Meer  |  1646  |  Jan van Goyen (Dutch)  |  Oil on wood  |  Purchase, 1871 (71.62)
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  • The Three Trees  |  1643  |  Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch)  |  Etching with drypoint and engraving  |  H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.107.31)
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  • Marine  |  1650  |  Salomon van Ruysdael (Dutch)  |  Oil on wood  |  Purchase, 1871 (71.98)
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  • Four Tulips  |  ca. 1635  |  Jakob Marrel (Dutch)  |  Watercolor on vellum  |  Rogers Fund, 1968 (68.66)
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  • Huis ten Bosch, view of the garden facade  |  dated ca. 1668  |  Jan van der Heyden (Dutch)  |  Oil on wood  |  Anonymous Gift, 1964 (64.65.2)
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  • Persimmon Tree  |  Edo period, late autumn 1816  |  Sakai Hoitsu (Japanese)  |  Two-panel screen; ink and color on paper  |  Rogers Fund, 1957 (57.156.3)
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  • Persimmon Tree  |  Edo period, late autumn 1816  |  Sakai Hoitsu (Japanese)  |  Two-panel screen; ink and color on paper  |  Rogers Fund, 1957 (57.156.3)
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  • Dutch Couple  |  Edo period, October 1862  |  Utagawa Yoshikazu (Japanese)  |  Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper  |  Bequest of William S. Lieberman, 2005 (2007.49.175)
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  • Young Woman Peeling Apples  |  ca. 1655  |  Nicolaes Maes (Dutch)  |  Oil on wood  |  Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.612)
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  • Couple at Coney Island, New York  |  1928  |  Walker Evans (American)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.110)
    7021024
  • First Steps, after Millet  |  1890  |  Vincent van Gogh (Dutch)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Gift of George N. and Helen M. Richard, 1964 (64.165.2)
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  • New York Dutch Room, Bethlehem, New York  |  1751  |  Emily Crane Chadbourne Trust, 2003 (NYDR.2003.1)
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  • Merantine Hens
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  • My name is Merantine Hens, I'm the managing editor in Education. I'm gonna be talking about Dutch.

  • I am in fact a Dutch citizen. I was born to Dutch parents, not in Holland, but in Asia. I grew up speaking Dutch, but I definitely have an accent.

  • And people in Holland will do a little bit of a double take when I speak to them: "Hmm, you're not from around here are you?" But, I have enough of the Dutch in me.

  • There's a Dutch personality or character, the traditional Dutch work ethic, but there's also this desire to enjoy.

  • Then there's always the classic Dutch frugality, or whatever, cheapness.

  • Being straightforward and blunt, even. And that's actually what I really like about Dutch people: they just tell it like it is.

  • Rembrandt, his self-portrait. There's a little bit of a worried look. I understand that he was rather in debt toward the end of his life. He's one of these quintessential household-name artists.

  • It makes me proud of Holland. It's this small, small country, and yet has produced these great names, in terms of the art world. Vermeer.

  • Very good friends of my parents often had a carpet displayed on their dining table and I thought that was strange. We never did it in our house, but later on realized that

  • oriental carpets were displayed that way, almost like a trophy. In Holland

  • people tend to have their curtains open until fairly late. You can see right into their living rooms. There's a quality called gezelligheid and it means, sort of, coziness and being comfortable in your home. It's very difficult to translate.

  • So when you're walking down the street and you look into people's houses, you get that feeling of what you might project to be in that house, that gezelligheid.

  • Then you have someone like Jan Steen. I chuckle at this one because it reminds me of my mother exclaiming at the messy rooms of my sisters and me, "Een huishouden van Jan Steen," that it looks like 'a household of Jan Steen.' And that's something that a lot of Dutch people say.

  • When I'm on a train riding from the airport to The Hague, where my mother lives, it's very much about fields and a flat landscape. I can't say enough about how these clouds hang, you can almost touch them in the sky.

  • And it often rains. There's just a lot of water everywhere: canals, but also the

  • sea. These boats and the wind, like you could sort of smell the sea air, reminds me of being in Holland during the summers, spending time with my cousins who had a boat.

  • Well, what could be more quintessentially Dutch? Tulips. Tulips make me happy. It doesn't matter what color they are. I always buy them when it's spring. It's almost like they're dancing with this butterfly and this grasshopper.

  • I only lived two years out of my life in Holland, and while I identify as Dutch, most of my childhood was spent in Japan.

  • My mother loved Japanese art and our house was filled with Japanese woodblock prints and screens

  • so it's very much part of my aesthetic. In Japan, there's this

  • longstanding Dutch connection. For many years, the Dutch were the only foreigners that the Japanese had any contact with.

  • I have a daughter who was born here in New York, and I've tried to instill in her this Dutch heritage. But in terms of teaching her Dutch, I have failed miserably.

  • New York has such a deep-rooted Dutch history. I live in Brooklyn, originally that would have been Breuckelen. You know, there's Haarlem, Coney Island – I think was originally Conyne EylandtStaaten Eylandt.

  • Growing up outside of Holland I have, probably instilled by my parents, a need to connect with Holland.

  • It's hard sometimes to know where you are at home, so I'm finding my place

  • wherever I go.

  • 50.47
    Dutch Girl in White, 1907, Robert Henri (American), Oil on canvas Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, 1950 (50.47)
  • 49.7.38
    Curiosity, ca. 1660, Gerard ter Borch (Dutch), Oil on canvas The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.38)
  • 14.40.605
    Merrymakers at Shrovetide, ca. 1615, Frans Hals (Dutch), Oil on canvas Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.605)
  • 1997.117.10
    Reading the News at the Weavers' Cottage, 1673, Adriaen van Ostade (Dutch), Pen and brown ink, watercolor, white heightening, traces of graphite, framing lines by the artist(?) in brown ink and gold Bequest of Lore Heinemann, in memory of her husband, Dr. Rudolf J. Heinemann, 1996 (1997.117.10)
  • 1984.613.6
    Woman, 1950, Willem de Kooning (American, born the Netherlands), Oil, cut and pasted paper on cardboard From the Collection of Thomas B. Hess, Gift of the heirs of Thomas B. Hess, 1984 (1984.613.6) © 2011 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • 14.40.618
    Self-Portrait, 1660, Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch), Oil on canvas Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.618)
  • 67.187.70a
    Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat (verso: The Potato Peeler), 1887, Vincent van Gogh (Dutch), Oil on canvas Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), 1967 (67.187.70a)
  • 89.15.21
    Young Woman with a Water Pitcher, ca. 1662, Johannes Vermeer (Dutch), Oil on canvas Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1889 (89.15.21)
  • 14.40.613
    Interior with a Young Couple, early 1660s, Pieter de Hooch (Dutch), Oil on canvas Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.613)
  • 32.100.15
    Woman with a Water Pitcher, and a Man by a Bed ("The Maidservant"), ca. 1667–70, Pieter de Hooch (Dutch), Oil on canvas The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.15)
  • 1982.60.31
    The Dissolute Household, ca. 1663–64, Jan Steen (Dutch), Oil on canvas The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982 (1982.60.31)
  • 71.62
    View of Haarlem and the Haarlemmer Meer, 1646, Jan van Goyen (Dutch), Oil on wood Purchase, 1871 (71.62)
  • 29.107.31
    The Three Trees, 1643, Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch), Etching with drypoint and engraving H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.107.31)
  • 71.98
    Marine, 1650, Salomon van Ruysdael (Dutch), Oil on wood Purchase, 1871 (71.98)
  • 68.66
    Four Tulips, ca. 1635, Jakob Marrel (Dutch), Watercolor on vellum Rogers Fund, 1968 (68.66)
  • 64.65.2
    Huis ten Bosch, view of the garden facade, dated ca. 1668, Jan van der Heyden (Dutch), Oil on wood Anonymous Gift, 1964 (64.65.2)
  • 57.156.3
    Persimmon Tree, Edo period, late autumn 1816, Sakai Hoitsu (Japanese), Two-panel screen; ink and color on paper Rogers Fund, 1957 (57.156.3)
  • 2007.49.175
    Dutch Couple, Edo period, October 1862, Utagawa Yoshikazu (Japanese), Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper Bequest of William S. Lieberman, 2005 (2007.49.175)
  • 14.40.612
    Young Woman Peeling Apples, ca. 1655, Nicolaes Maes (Dutch), Oil on wood Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.612)
  • 1987.1100.110
    Couple at Coney Island, New York, 1928, Walker Evans (American), Gelatin silver print Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.110)
  • 64.165.2
    First Steps, after Millet, 1890, Vincent van Gogh (Dutch), Oil on canvas Gift of George N. and Helen M. Richard, 1964 (64.165.2)
  • NYDR.2003.1
    New York Dutch Room, Bethlehem, New York, 1751 Emily Crane Chadbourne Trust, 2003 (NYDR.2003.1)
  • Dutch Girl in White, 1907, Robert Henri (American), Oil on canvas Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, 1950 (50.47)
    Curiosity, ca. 1660, Gerard ter Borch (Dutch), Oil on canvas The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.38)
    Merrymakers at Shrovetide, ca. 1615, Frans Hals (Dutch), Oil on canvas Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.605)
    Reading the News at the Weavers' Cottage, 1673, Adriaen van Ostade (Dutch), Pen and brown ink, watercolor, white heightening, traces of graphite, framing lines by the artist(?) in brown ink and gold Bequest of Lore Heinemann, in memory of her husband, Dr. Rudolf J. Heinemann, 1996 (1997.117.10)
    Woman, 1950, Willem de Kooning (American, born the Netherlands), Oil, cut and pasted paper on cardboard From the Collection of Thomas B. Hess, Gift of the heirs of Thomas B. Hess, 1984 (1984.613.6) © 2011 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    Self-Portrait, 1660, Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch), Oil on canvas Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.618)
    Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat (verso: The Potato Peeler), 1887, Vincent van Gogh (Dutch), Oil on canvas Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), 1967 (67.187.70a)
    Young Woman with a Water Pitcher, ca. 1662, Johannes Vermeer (Dutch), Oil on canvas Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1889 (89.15.21)
    Interior with a Young Couple, early 1660s, Pieter de Hooch (Dutch), Oil on canvas Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.613)
    Woman with a Water Pitcher, and a Man by a Bed ("The Maidservant"), ca. 1667–70, Pieter de Hooch (Dutch), Oil on canvas The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.15)
    The Dissolute Household, ca. 1663–64, Jan Steen (Dutch), Oil on canvas The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982 (1982.60.31)
    View of Haarlem and the Haarlemmer Meer, 1646, Jan van Goyen (Dutch), Oil on wood Purchase, 1871 (71.62)
    The Three Trees, 1643, Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch), Etching with drypoint and engraving H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.107.31)
    Marine, 1650, Salomon van Ruysdael (Dutch), Oil on wood Purchase, 1871 (71.98)
    Four Tulips, ca. 1635, Jakob Marrel (Dutch), Watercolor on vellum Rogers Fund, 1968 (68.66)
    Huis ten Bosch, view of the garden facade, dated ca. 1668, Jan van der Heyden (Dutch), Oil on wood Anonymous Gift, 1964 (64.65.2)
    Persimmon Tree, Edo period, late autumn 1816, Sakai Hoitsu (Japanese), Two-panel screen; ink and color on paper Rogers Fund, 1957 (57.156.3)
    Dutch Couple, Edo period, October 1862, Utagawa Yoshikazu (Japanese), Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper Bequest of William S. Lieberman, 2005 (2007.49.175)
    Young Woman Peeling Apples, ca. 1655, Nicolaes Maes (Dutch), Oil on wood Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.612)
    Couple at Coney Island, New York, 1928, Walker Evans (American), Gelatin silver print Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.110)
    First Steps, after Millet, 1890, Vincent van Gogh (Dutch), Oil on canvas Gift of George N. and Helen M. Richard, 1964 (64.165.2)
    New York Dutch Room, Bethlehem, New York, 1751 Emily Crane Chadbourne Trust, 2003 (NYDR.2003.1)
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    Works of art in order of appearance

    Last Updated: August 19, 2013. Not all works of art in the Museum's collection may be on view on a particular day. For the most accurate location information, please check this page on the day of your visit.

    Dutch Girl in White
    1907
    Robert Henri (American)
    Oil on canvas
    Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, 1950 (50.47)
    On view: Gallery 772
    American Paintings and SculptureFirst and Second Floors
    Curiosity
    ca. 1660
    Gerard ter Borch (Dutch)
    Oil on canvas
    The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.38)
    On view: Gallery 632
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Merrymakers at Shrovetide
    ca. 1615
    Frans Hals (Dutch)
    Oil on canvas
    Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.605)
    On view: Gallery 634
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Reading the News at the Weavers' Cottage
    1673
    Adriaen van Ostade (Dutch)
    Pen and brown ink, watercolor, white heightening, traces of graphite, framing lines by the artist(?) in brown ink and gold
    Bequest of Lore Heinemann, in memory of her husband, Dr. Rudolf J. Heinemann, 1996 (1997.117.10)
    Not on view
    Drawings and PrintsSecond Floor
    Woman
    1950
    Willem de Kooning (American, born the Netherlands)
    Oil, cut and pasted paper on cardboard
    From the Collection of Thomas B. Hess, Gift of the heirs of Thomas B. Hess, 1984 (1984.613.6)
    © 2011 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    Not on view
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor
    Self-Portrait
    1660
    Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch)
    Oil on canvas
    Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.618)
    On view: Gallery 634
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat (verso: The Potato Peeler)
    1887
    Vincent van Gogh (Dutch)
    Oil on canvas
    Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), 1967 (67.187.70a)
    On view: Gallery 826
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Young Woman with a Water Pitcher
    ca. 1662
    Johannes Vermeer (Dutch)
    Oil on canvas
    Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1889 (89.15.21)
    On view: Gallery 632
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Interior with a Young Couple
    early 1660s
    Pieter de Hooch (Dutch)
    Oil on canvas
    Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.613)
    On view: Gallery 634
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Woman with a Water Pitcher, and a Man by a Bed ("The Maidservant")
    ca. 1667–70
    Pieter de Hooch (Dutch)
    Oil on canvas
    The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.15)
    Not on view
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    The Dissolute Household
    ca. 1663–64
    Jan Steen (Dutch)
    Oil on canvas
    The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982 (1982.60.31)
    Not on view
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    View of Haarlem and the Haarlemmer Meer
    1646
    Jan van Goyen (Dutch)
    Oil on wood
    Purchase, 1871 (71.62)
    On view: Gallery 638
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    The Three Trees
    1643
    Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch)
    Etching with drypoint and engraving
    H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.107.31)
    Not on view
    Drawings and PrintsSecond Floor
    Marine
    1650
    Salomon van Ruysdael (Dutch)
    Oil on wood
    Purchase, 1871 (71.98)
    On view: Gallery 638
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Four Tulips
    ca. 1635
    Jakob Marrel (Dutch)
    Watercolor on vellum
    Rogers Fund, 1968 (68.66)
    Not on view
    Drawings and PrintsSecond Floor
    Huis ten Bosch, view of the garden facade
    dated ca. 1668
    Jan van der Heyden (Dutch)
    Oil on wood
    Anonymous Gift, 1964 (64.65.2)
    On view: Gallery 633
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Persimmon Tree
    Edo period, late autumn 1816
    Sakai Hoitsu (Japanese)
    Two-panel screen; ink and color on paper
    Rogers Fund, 1957 (57.156.3)
    Not on view
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Dutch Couple
    Edo period, October 1862
    Utagawa Yoshikazu (Japanese)
    Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
    Bequest of William S. Lieberman, 2005 (2007.49.175)
    Not on view
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Young Woman Peeling Apples
    ca. 1655
    Nicolaes Maes (Dutch)
    Oil on wood
    Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.612)
    On view: Gallery 634
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Couple at Coney Island, New York
    1928
    Walker Evans (American)
    Gelatin silver print
    Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.110)
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    First Steps, after Millet
    1890
    Vincent van Gogh (Dutch)
    Oil on canvas
    Gift of George N. and Helen M. Richard, 1964 (64.165.2)
    On view: Gallery 826
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    New York Dutch Room, Bethlehem, New York
    1751
    Emily Crane Chadbourne Trust, 2003 (NYDR.2003.1)
    Not on view
    American Decorative ArtsFirst and Second Floors

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