This Wednesday, June 15, the Treasury reopens, featuring eighteenth-century European and Asian Decorative Arts. The refreshed and reinterpreted installation, curated by Jo Briggs, includes jewelry, engraved gems, and hardstone objects, emphasizing the techniques of their manufacture and social functions. For the first time, the Treasury includes paintings from the Walters' collection that portray women using or wearing items displayed in nearby cases. An installation of Chinese imperial objects in the annex, curated by Robert Mintz, provides a counterpoint to works made for European courts and expanding consumer cultures.
Venetian / "Portrait of Maria Clementina Sobieska" / ca. 1719 / Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902 / More info: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/12166
Flemish / Stomacher / early 18th century / Gift of Melvin Gutman, 1946 / More info: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/38633