Chimneypiece of the Elizabethan Room from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

ca. 1600
Carved stone
Overall: 63 1/2 in. × 97 in. (161.3 × 246.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward Pearce Casey Fund, 1965
Accession Number:
Not on view
The paneling (65.182.1) and chimneypiece (65.182.2) in this room once graced the house of William Crowe, a prosperous merchant and bailiff of Yarmouth in 1594 and 1606. Crowe was a member of the Company of Spanish Merchants, which conducted trade with the Netherlands. His political and business affiliations are in evidence: the company's coat of arms, including a shield with a four-masted ship, is prominently carved above the fireplace; Tudor roses are worked into the chimneypiece; and the paneling is conceived in a Dutch manner, possibly by Dutch craftsmen. As reconfigured in the Museum, the room is quite dark, but in its original position it was brightened by two windows and a decorated plaster ceiling.
William Crowe ; William Crowe (the son) ; Thomas Bransby ; Sir Philip Astley ; Sir Jacob Astley ; Thomas Dawson ; Robert Wilson ; Augustine Hill Bradshaw ; William Woolverton ; George Bennett ; William Holmes Diver ; Mr. W. Shales ; Mr. Lane ; S. J. Ramsey ; H. Taylor ; [ Greenlands Ltd. , Hereford ] ; [ Arthur S. Vernay Inc. , New York ] ; Mrs. John E. Rovensky , New York (until 1957; sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, January 19, 1957, no. 1007); Mrs. Alexander Hamilton Rice , New York (until 1965; sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, October 23, 1965, no. 337)