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Part of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
André Charles Boulle (French, Paris 1642–1732 Paris)
Date: ca. 1710–20Accession Number: 1982.60.82
Date: second half 19th centuryAccession Number: 1982.60.139
Reinhold Vasters (German, Erkelenz 1827–1909 Aachen)
Date: ca. 1876–95Accession Number: 1982.60.133
Jan Steen (Dutch, Leiden 1626–1679 Leiden)
Date: ca. 1663–64Accession Number: 1982.60.31
Johann Jakob Kornmann (called Cormano) (born Augsburg in 1620, active in Rome, died after 1672)
Date: ca. 1625–35Accession Number: 1982.60.106
Date: ca. 1870–95Accession Number: 1982.60.382
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Seven galleries were opened in 1982 to house the Jack and Belle Linsky Collection of almost four hundred European sculptures, paintings, and decorative arts from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century. Amassed over more than forty years, these works reflect the Linskys' highly personal collecting style, and their admiration for precious materials and rich details. Highlights include a mechanical table made for Madame de Pompadour (1721–1764), the mistress of Louis XV, and rare examples of eighteenth-century French furniture displayed in settings that evoke the Linskys' Fifth Avenue apartment.
In the 1920s the Linskys began assembling a distinguished collection of eighteenth-century European porcelain from most of the major centers of ceramic production. The figures they favored reflect the contemporary fascination with representing individuals engaged in the activities of daily life, as well as characters from the popular Italian theater known as commedia dell'arte.
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