9 Episodes

Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts

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Celestial by
Clare Vincent
, curator

Gerhard Emmoser (Austrian): Celestial globe with clockwork

As a piece of purely decorative art, it holds its own with the best.
#92
Photography by
Eileen Travell
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Identity by
Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide
, curator

Jean-François Oeben (French): Mechanical Table

This furniture allowed you to move in certain ways that might be seductive.
#78
Photography by
Joseph Coscia, Jr.
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Curls by
Wolfram Koeppe
, curator

Alexander Danilovich Menshikov (1673–1729) [Russian, Saint Petersburg]

It was a great mystery: who he is, who made it.
#60
Photography by
Mark Morosse
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Starting Over by
Elizabeth Cleland
, curator

Partly based on a woodcut by Jost Amman (Swiss); Woven by Anonymous Flemish weavers: Hunters in a Landscape

This tapestry is almost the antithesis of what one expects from a great sixteenth-century weaving.
#54
Photography by
Joseph Coscia, Jr.
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Morning Catch by
Jeff Munger
, curator

Covered Broth Bowl and Stand (écuelle ronde et plateau rond)

It’s so exaggerated by current standards of taste that I think it’s very hard for us to appreciate today for what it is.
#38
Photography by
Paul Lachenauer
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Healer by
Jim Draper
, curator

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (French): Le Trait d’Union

What may initially look like a few blobs upon contemplation turns into be a family story.
#32
Photography by
Peter Zeray
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In Conversation by
Ellenor Alcorn
, curator

Ewer [English, London and Chinese]

The whole world is encapsulated in one piece.
#34
Photography by
Bruce J. Schwarz
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Looming Change by
Melinda Watt
, curator

Deneirouse and Boisglavy (French): Shawl

There are tulips, roses, carnations, irises, hydrangea, and they form this sort of dense garden that weaves in and out of the paisley shapes.
#21
Photography by
Karin L. Willis
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Faith by
Luke Syson
, curator

Antonio Rossellino (Italian): Madonna and Child with Angels

Something which is profoundly beautiful on a human level has the capacity to transport beyond daily experience.
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Photography by
Joseph Coscia, Jr.
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