Mantelpiece from a house on the Hall Quay, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 509

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.

Mantelpiece from a house on the Hall Quay, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, Carved stone, British

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