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The New British Galleries: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, v.77, no. 4 (Spring, 2020)

The New British Galleries

Burchard, Wolf, Max Bryant, and Elizabeth St. George
48 pages
55 illustrations
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Celebrating the reopening of the British Galleries, this Bulletin documents years of renovation and rethinking that formed these majestic spaces, which represent more than four hundred years of British decorative arts from the sixteenth through the nineteenth century. Featuring artwork in an extraordinary range of styles and materials, this publication and the redesigned galleries it documents highlight a panoply of Britain’s artistic and economic aspirations. The texts place these works—from masterpieces commissioned by rulers Elizabeth I and George III to luxury goods imported from abroad, including small boxes, scent bottles, and miniature vanity cases—in a uniquely British context while also acknowledging and addressing their global significance. Stunning photography captures highlights from the more than seven hundred works of art in the collection as well as installation views, both past and present.

Dining room from Lansdowne House, Robert Adam  British, Scottish, Wood, plaster, stone, British
Multiple artists/makers
Portrait Bust of John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, Pietro Torrigiano  Italian, Polychrome terracotta, British
Pietro Torrigiano
Hunters in a Landscape, Anonymous, 16th century, Wool, silk (14 warps per inch; 5-6 per cm), British, probably London
Multiple artists/makers
ca. 1575–95
Joseph and Potiphar's wife, P.M., Silver, partly gilded, probably British
ca. 1567
Lot Seduced by his Daughters, P.M., Silver, partly gilded, probably British
ca. 1567
Table clock, Bartholomew Newsam  British, Case: engraved, chased, and gilded brass; dial: silver; movement: brass and steel, British, London
Bartholomew Newsam
Charles I (1600–1649), King of England, Daniël Mijtens  Dutch, Oil on canvas
Daniël Mijtens
Ewer, Peter Bettesworth  British, Silver, British, London
Peter Bettesworth
Tankard engraved with scenes of the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London, I N  British, Silver, British, London
Staircase from Cassiobury Park, Hertfordshire, Edward Pearce, Risers, treads: oak; balustrade friezes, finials: elm; newel posts, stringers, skirting, baluster bases, balusters, handrails: pine, British
Edward Pearce
ca. 1677–80
Hangings for state bed from Hampton Court, Herefordshire, Blue silk damask, British
ca. 1698
Figure of a European Merchant, Amoy Chinqua  Chinese, Polychrome unfired clay and wood, Chinese, Canton
Amoy Chinqua
Hanging depicting a European conflict in South India, Cotton, plain weave (drawn and painted, mordant and resist dyed), Indian, Coromandel Coast, for British market
Indian, Coromandel Coast, for British market
before 1763
Teapot in the form of a camel, Salt-glazed stoneware, British, Staffordshire
British, Staffordshire
ca. 1745
Teapot in the form of a house, Salt-glazed stoneware with enamel decoration, British, Staffordshire
British, Staffordshire
ca. 1755
Teapot (part of a service), Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory  British, Soft-paste porcelain with enamel decoration and gilding, British, Chelsea
Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory
ca. 1758–69
Teapot with fossil decoration, Salt-glazed stoneware with enamel decoration, British, Staffordshire
British, Staffordshire
ca. 1760–65
Sugar box, Paul de Lamerie  British, Silver, British, London
Paul de Lamerie
Antislavery Medallion, Josiah Wedgwood  British, Jasperware, British, Etruria, Staffordshire
Josiah Wedgwood
William Hackwood
ca. 1787
Dining room from Kirtlington Park, John Sanderson, Wood, plaster, marble, British, Oxfordshire
Multiple artists/makers
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