Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection, 1700–1830

Ongoing

West Building Ground Floor

Overview: One of the largest and most refined collections of early American furniture in private hands—acquired over the course of five decades by George M. and Linda H. Kaufman—was promised to the National Gallery of Art in October 2010. A new installation on the Ground Floor of the West Building will highlight nearly 100 examples of early American furniture and decorative arts from this distinguished collection, including French floral watercolors by Pierre Joseph Redouté and American, Chinese, and French porcelains. In addition, the installation will include paintings by celebrated American artists in the Gallery's collection such as Gilbert Stuart. The Kaufman gift dramatically complements the National Gallery's fine holdings of European decorative arts with equally important American works of art.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Image: Grecian Couch, attributed to John Finlay (1777–1851) and Hugh Finlay (1781–1831), Baltimore, 1810–1830, walnut and cherry; paint; gold leaf, promised gift of George M. and Linda H. Kaufman

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