Elegance and Industry in the Era of the Georges:
Decorative Arts in 18th Century England and America
May 11 – July 15, 2018
Lower Level Galleries
The 18th century was a high point in elegance and refinement in the decorative arts. The enjoyment of luxurious objects was not limited to the aristocracy; a growing middle class in England and America sought to display their newly gentrified status with well decorated homes. The potter Josiah Wedgwood, the furniture maker Thomas Chippendale, the silversmith Hester Bateman, and Worcester Royal Porcelain Company founders Dr. John Wall and William Davis were entrepreneurs who pursued industry and innovation in the production of sophisticated domestic objects.
Exhibition generously sponsored by
The Jean Chisholm Lindsey Exhibition Endowment Fund