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Treasured Possessions From the Renaissance to the Enlightenment

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A dazzling journey through the decorative arts: from the hand-crafted luxuries of the Renaissance to the first stirrings of mass commerce in the Enlightenment.

Each of the 300 beautiful and engaging objects was once a treasured possession, revealing the personal tastes and aspirations of its owner, and preserving precious memories.

Witness the impact of global trade on European tastes: the lust for goods imported from the East, the revolutions caused by New World products like chocolate and sugar. European shoppers were lured by dazzling colours, intricate designs, constant technological innovation and the glamour of the exotic.

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Selected objects from the Exhibition

An image of Watch

Watch

M/P.37 & A-1913

An image of Tea cup

Tea cup

M/P.1-1944

An image of Founder

Founder

M.37.3 & A-1961

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