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Part of The American Wing
Probably John Hewlett
Date: 1740–60Accession Number: 10.183
Probably Robert Crosman (1707–1799)
Date: 1735Accession Number: 45.78.5
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The Hewlett Room is presented as a gallery of painted furniture rather than furnished as a period room. During the seventeenth century, newly instituted trade with the Far East and India introduced materials and decorative techniques previously unknown to Europe. Motifs from these popular imported wares, such as ceramics, lacquer, and textiles, found their way onto American painted furniture. Chests were often painted to simulate exotic woods, marbles, tortoiseshell, or ivory. Naturalistic landscapes and courting couples similar to those found in contemporary needlework sometimes decorated this bright and fanciful furniture.
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