Enamels Room

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Enamels Room History

This space was designed as Mr. Frick’s study, complete with French doors that overlooked 71st Street and glass doors that opened on to the garden. The Enamels Room takes its name from the extraordinary collection of Limoges enamels, from the late 15th through the early 17th century, acquired by Frick in 1916 from the estate of J. P. Morgan. These enamels were later joined by fine Italian paintings, furniture, Renaissance bronzes, ceramics, timepieces, and other rare objects, creating the semblance of a precious treasury.

Sculpture and Decorative Art in the Enamels Room

The two glass display cases contain works drawn from the Frick’s holdings of French, Italian, and German Renaissance decorative arts. The installations are changed annually to draw fresh attention to individual objects, including recent acquisitions and special loans. Among the finely detailed works that can be appreciated at close range are French Limoges enamels, Italian bronze sculptures, and a St. Porchaire ceramic. The Enamels Room takes its name from the selection of French Renaissance enamels that have been displayed here since Henry Clay Frick acquired them in 1916–18. Made in Limoges in central France between the 16th and early 17th century, these enamels constitute one of the finest collections in the United States. These enamels and small bronzes reveal the combination of artistry and craftsmanship char- acteristic of objects that embellished the daily life of wealthy Renaissance nobles and merchants.

Enamels room, undated

Enamels Room, looking north, 1927

Enamels Room, looking south, 1927

Enamels Room during Frick Collection construction, 1933

Enamels Room during Frick Collection construction, 1933

Enamels Room, 1935

Enamels Room, north case, 1942

Enamels Room, southeast corner, 1942

Enamels Room, east side of room, 1942

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Google recently announced the major global expansion of last year's groundbreaking Art Project. This unique collaboration merging art and technology now includes 151 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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