Special Loans

Pierre-Jean David d'Angers (1788–1856)
Ann Buchan Robinson, 1831
Marble
48.89 x 22.86 x 19.05 cm
Museum of the City of New York, Gift of J. Philip Benkard II, 1958 (58.369.3)

Location: North Hall


One of the first works by David to enter an American collection, this privately commissioned portrait depicts the wife of Captain Henry Robinson (1782–1866), who operated a shipping firm between New... MORE »

Matthias Steinl (1643/44–1727)
Pluto and Proserpina, 1690–1700
Ivory, carved; ebony-veneered base
10 ¼ in. (26 cm)
Anonymous lender

Location: Octagon Room (adjacent to the Ante-Room)


This tour de force of ivory carving represents Pluto, the god of the underworld, abducting Proserpina, the daughter of Jupiter and Ceres. With striking naturalism, the sculptor conveys Proserpina’s surprise and fright through... MORE »

Joachim Anthonisz Wtewael (1566–1638)
Adam and Eve, 1610–15
Oil on copper
15 1/8 x 11 13/16 in. (38.4 x 30.1 cm)
Private collection

Location: Octagon Room (adjacent to the Ante-Room)


The story of Adam and Eve is one of the most enduring in the history of art. With its momentous subject — the creation of humankind — and riveting themes of seduction, deceit, punishment, and redemption, it has long... MORE »

Longcase Regulator Clock
Case by Balthazar Lieutaud (d. 1780)
French, Paris, c. 1750–55
93 ½ x 24 ½ x 9 in. (237.5 x 62.2 x 22.9 cm)
Private collection

Location: East Vestibule


The impressive long-case regulator clock displayed in the East Vestibule near the museum’s Entrance Hall was made in Paris around 1750−55, when the fashion for rococo design was at its peak. A perfect example of this highly... MORE »

Mounted Vase
(Daguerre ovale or cassolette à monter)
Hard-paste porcelain from the Royal Manufactory of Sèvres
Gilt-bronze Mounts attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751–1843)
French, Paris, c. 1786–88
14 ¾ x 15 1/8 x 7 ¼ in. (37.5 x 38.4 x 18.4 cm)
Private collection

Location: North Hall


Between 1786 and 1788, the Royal Manufactory of Sèvres produced a dozen round and oval vases in dark blue hard-paste porcelain that were fitted with gilt-bronze mounts attributed to the renowned bronzemaker Pierre-Philippe... MORE »

Mounted Potpourri Vase and Cover
(Vase à anses à tire-bouchon)
Royal Manufactory of Sèvres, c. 1763–70
French gilt-bronze mounts, c. 1785
Soft-paste porcelain
18 11/16 x 11 7/16 x 9 9/16 in. (47.5 x 29 x 24.3 cm)
Private collection

Location: Fragonard Room


This exquisite soft-paste potpourri vase on view in the Fragonard Room was made by the Royal Manufactory of Sèvres around 1763–70. Its gilt-bronze mounts were added later, around 1785. The... MORE »

Fountain Surmounted by a Unicorn
Lewin Dedeke (1660-1733)
Germany, Hanover, c. 1705
Silver
28 3/4 in. (73 cm)
Private collection

Location: Dining Room


One of a pair of fountains belonging to a large silver service made between 1705 and 1725 for the royal Hanover family of Germany

Fountain Surmounted by a Lion
Johann Wilhelm Voigt I (active 1716-1765)
Germany, Osnabrück, c. 1725
Silver
28 3/4 in. (73 cm)
Private collection

Location: Dining Room


One of a pair of fountains belonging to a large silver service made between 1705 and 1725 for the royal Hanover family of Germany

One of a Pair of Silver Basins
Lewin Dedeke (1660-1733)
Silver
Germany, Hanover, c. 1705
22 7/16 x 16 3/4 in. (57 x 42.5 cm)
Private collection

Location: Dining Room


One of a pair of basins belonging to a large silver service made between 1705 and 1725 for the royal Hanover family of Germany.

One of a Pair of Silver Basins
Johann Wilhelm Voigt I (active 1716-1765)
Germany, Osnabrück, c. 1725
Silver
22 7/16 x 16 3/4 in. (57 x 42.5 cm)
Private collection

Location: Dining Room


One of a pair of basins belonging to a large silver service made between 1705 and 1725 for the royal Hanover family of Germany.

Pietro del Donzello, also known as the Master of 1487 (1452–1509)
The Departure of the Argonauts, 1487
Oil on panel
33 x 64 1/2 in. (83.8 x 163.8 cm)
The Mari-Cha Collection

Location: West Gallery


One of a pair of late fifteenth-century Florentine panel paintings on loan from the Mari-Cha Collection

Bartolomeo di Giovanni (active 1475–1511)
The Argonauts in Colchis, 1487
Tempera and oil on panel
32 3/4 x 64 1/2 in. (83.2 x 163.8 cm)
The Mari-Cha Collection

Location: West Gallery


One of a pair of late fifteenth-century Florentine panel paintings on loan from the Mari-Cha Collection.

Francesco Guardi (1712–1793)
View of the Giudecca Canal and the Zattere, c. 1765–70
Oil on canvas
47 1/4 x 80 3/4 in. (120 x 205.1 cm)
Private collection

Location: East Gallery


A spectacular view of Venice by Guardi on long-term loan from a private collection can be seen in the East Gallery. This painting is notable in the artist’s oeuvre for its ample dimensions, matched only by two other ... MORE »

Giambologna (1529–1608)
Astrology, mid-1570s
Wax on wood base
3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
The Quentin Foundation

Location: Enamels Room


Giambologna’s  wax model of Astrology, a generous long-term loan from The Quentin Foundation, is displayed in the Enamels Room, where it can be enjoyed alongside Renaissance bronzes, ceramics, paintings, and enamels... MORE »

Simone Martini (c. 1284–1344) and studio
Christ on the Cross between the Virgin and Saint John, 1340
Tempera and gold leaf on panel
17 1/2 x 7 15/16 in. (44.5 x 20.2 cm)
The Phillips Family Collection

Location: Enamels Room


An exquisite gold-ground painting by Simone Martini (c. 1284–1344) and his assistants is on view in the Enamels Room, thanks to a long-term loan by the Phillips Family Collection. Visitors can experience this... MORE »