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Dining Room History

Dining Room History

Of noble proportions and of a style that recalls state dining rooms in English country houses of the 18th century, the Dining Room was an appropriate setting for the formal dinners that Mr. Frick hosted, at a rate of two per week, from October through May. Lining the walls are 18th-century British paintings, a customary choice for the dining room of a grand residence. Because the furniture in this room was to be used, it was modern. Mr. Frick’s interior designer, Sir Charles Allom, based his designs on English models of the 18th century. From the basement kitchen, food was sent up via a dumbwaiter to the adjoining Butler’s Pantry.

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Decorative Art in the Dining Room

Decorative Art in the Dining Room

The furniture was designed by the London firm of White Allom for this room.

pair of dark blue Chinese jars with gold mounts designed in France in the 18th century

Covered Chinese Porcelain Jar with Gilt-Bronze Mounts, Chinese, Qing Dynasty, 1644–1912. French 18th-century mounts, c. 1735–50. Purchased 1915.

silver covered serving dish showing a bird as the handle on the cover

Paul De Lamerie, 1688–1751. English. Silver-Gilt Écuelle, 1739/40. Silver- Gilt Ladle (attributed to De Lamerie), c. 1739. Both purchased 1916.

rose colored jar or covered container with a variety of decorative elements in ivory insets

Four Chinese Porcelain Covered Jars with “Famille Rose” Decoration, Qing Dynasty, 1644–1912. Purchased 1915.

white clock surrounded by two gilt bronze putti representing love, all on a gilt bronze base

Ferdinand Berthoud, 1727–1807. French. Mantel Clock with Figures Emblematic of the Triumph of Love over Time, c. 1765–70. Purchased 1916. The clock is signed by the horologist who worked on the clock at the foot of the Staircase.


  • photo of room with painting above fireplace, circa 1964

    Dining Room chimney piece with overmantel, 1964


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Google announced the major global expansion of their groundbreaking Art Project. This unique collaboration merging art and technology includes several hundred partners in 40 countries around the world. In the United States alone, the project has expanded beyond the initial group of four museums, which included The Frick Collection, to represent 29 partners — ranging from large institutions to university galleries — in 16 cities.

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