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Domestic Art

Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00 | Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays: 12:00 - 17:00
Closed 24th December to 27th December 2021 and 31st December 2021 to 1st January 2022 inclusive closed Gallery closures and collection updates

Items made for use within the home have often been objects of great beauty.

You can learn here about lavishly decorated dinner services made for the Renaissance Duchess Isabella D'Este, and the 18th century Russian Empress Catherine the Great, as well as humbler ceramics made in Staffordshire in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Look at magnificent items of furniture: cabinets made in Regency England and 17th century Antwerp, and a panel from a 15th century Florentine marriage chest decorated with the Roman myth of Cupid and Psyche.

And you can see fascinating and intimate depictions of domestic life ranging from Athens in the 5th century BC to 19th century Paris.

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