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Part of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Date: ca. 1735–40Accession Number: 1982.60.371
Date: ca. 1755–59Accession Number: 1982.60.286
Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, St. Petersburg
Date: ca. 1780–1800Accession Number: 1982.60.165
Saint-Cloud (French, active by 1693–1766)
Date: ca. 1730–40Accession Number: 1982.60.257
Date: ca. 1740Accession Number: 1982.60.273
Date: ca. 1735Accession Number: 1982.60.270a, b
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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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