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Assorted Highlights from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Silver collection from the Royal Hanoverian Court, early 1700s; Hanover had been a minor duchy in the German republic but had lucrative silver mines; in 1714, Hanoverian Georg Ludwig ascended to the throne of Great Britain as King George I

Silver collection from the Royal Hanoverian Court, early 1700s; Hanover had been a minor duchy in the German republic but had lucrative silver mines; in 1714, Hanoverian Georg Ludwig ascended to the throne of Great Britain as King George I

Tapir-shaped Zun Wine Container, China, 475-222BC; first formed more than 2000 years ago for ritual offerings, this flamboyant bronze vessel's function changed over time becoming more of a collector's item and showpiece

Tapir-shaped Zun Wine Container, China, 475-222BC; first formed more than 2000 years ago for ritual offerings, this flamboyant bronze vessel's function changed over time becoming more of a collector's item and showpiece

Aztec Bowl, Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1905; the Art of the Americas wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, opened in 2010, contains 53 galleries and more than 121,000 square feet of exhibit space

Aztec Bowl, Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1905; the Art of the Americas wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, opened in 2010, contains 53 galleries and more than 121,000 square feet of exhibit space

Dos Mujeres, Frida Kahlo, 1928; these 2 working-class women were painted with the dignity usually afforded to elite portrait sitters yet Kahlo originally painted them with aprons (later eliminated since they would mark the women as domestic workers)

Dos Mujeres, Frida Kahlo, 1928; these 2 working-class women were painted with the dignity usually afforded to elite portrait sitters yet Kahlo originally painted them with aprons (later eliminated since they would mark the women as domestic workers)

Hanging Head Dragonfly Table Lamp, Louis Comfort Tiffany, c. 1905-10; Tiffany's patented favrile glass, known for subtle variations in color and texture, would be carefully selected to form an image or a picture

Hanging Head Dragonfly Table Lamp, Louis Comfort Tiffany, c. 1905-10; Tiffany's patented favrile glass, known for subtle variations in color and texture, would be carefully selected to form an image or a picture

Hall Clock, Tiffany   Co., c. 1900-01; commissioned for the NY mansion of a banking mogul, the mechanism was made locally by Tiffany while the elaborate case, carved in relief on all sides, was imported from Japan

Hall Clock, Tiffany + Co., c. 1900-01; commissioned for the NY mansion of a banking mogul, the mechanism was made locally by Tiffany while the elaborate case, carved in relief on all sides, was imported from Japan

The Master and His Pupils, John Singer Sargent, 1914; this painting was done while Sargent was stranded in the Austrian Tyrol region following the outbreak of World War 1

The Master and His Pupils, John Singer Sargent, 1914; this painting was done while Sargent was stranded in the Austrian Tyrol region following the outbreak of World War 1

Long Branch, New Jersey, Winslow Homer, 1869; as the nation recovered from the Civil War, painting often turned to leisure scenes such as this depicting the country's new mobility and prosperity

Long Branch, New Jersey, Winslow Homer, 1869; as the nation recovered from the Civil War, painting often turned to leisure scenes such as this depicting the country's new mobility and prosperity

Magnolia Grandiflora, Martin Johnson Heade, c. 1885-95; this work belongs to the larger series of tabletop floral still life that Heade pursued starting with local apple blossoms before moving on to magnolias after he moved to St. Augustine, FL

Magnolia Grandiflora, Martin Johnson Heade, c. 1885-95; this work belongs to the larger series of tabletop floral still life that Heade pursued starting with local apple blossoms before moving on to magnolias after he moved to St. Augustine, FL

Zinnias and Marigolds, Hermann Dudley Murphy, 1933; most members of the Boston School trained in Paris and later taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts; criticized at the time for their daring technique, today they are viewed as traditionalists

Zinnias and Marigolds, Hermann Dudley Murphy, 1933; most members of the Boston School trained in Paris and later taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts; criticized at the time for their daring technique, today they are viewed as traditionalists

Lime Green Icicle Tower, Dale Chihuly, 2011; measuring 40  feet high, this work contains 2342 individual glass pieces mounted on a steel armature and weighs 10,000  pounds; it resides in a courtyard with the Museum's popular restaurant

Lime Green Icicle Tower, Dale Chihuly, 2011; measuring 40+ feet high, this work contains 2342 individual glass pieces mounted on a steel armature and weighs 10,000+ pounds; it resides in a courtyard with the Museum's popular restaurant

The Puritan, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1899; this piece was originally commissioned as a monumental sculpture for Springfield, MA to commemorate one of that city's founders; the popular monument was also cast in a tabletop version, suitable for the home

The Puritan, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1899; this piece was originally commissioned as a monumental sculpture for Springfield, MA to commemorate one of that city's founders; the popular monument was also cast in a tabletop version, suitable for the home

Marion Hiller Fenno at Nine as Mandolinata, Edmund Tarbell, c. 1887-88; tableau vivant scenes - in which participants remained silent and motionless, as if posed for a picture - were popular parlor entertainments in the 19th century

Marion Hiller Fenno at Nine as Mandolinata, Edmund Tarbell, c. 1887-88; tableau vivant scenes - in which participants remained silent and motionless, as if posed for a picture - were popular parlor entertainments in the 19th century

Godfrey Lowell Cabot, Lilla Cabot Perry, 1916; Perry was Claude Monet's friend and summer neighbor from 1889 until 1909; in Boston, she championed Monet's brand of Impressionism

Godfrey Lowell Cabot, Lilla Cabot Perry, 1916; Perry was Claude Monet's friend and summer neighbor from 1889 until 1909; in Boston, she championed Monet's brand of Impressionism

Still Life, Gretchen Woodman Rogers, c. 1923; the combination of local and exotic objects (characteristic of the Boston School), reflects the contemporary vogue for Asian aesthetics while also speaking to the artist's Boston roots

Still Life, Gretchen Woodman Rogers, c. 1923; the combination of local and exotic objects (characteristic of the Boston School), reflects the contemporary vogue for Asian aesthetics while also speaking to the artist's Boston roots

This dining room is one of three rooms from Oak Hill (built around 1800), the country house of Nathaniel West, that have been installed at the museum since the 1920s showing the tastes at that time

This dining room is one of three rooms from Oak Hill (built around 1800), the country house of Nathaniel West, that have been installed at the museum since the 1920s showing the tastes at that time

Popular among wealthy residents of viceregal Peru in the 17th and 18th centuries, enconchado cabinets combine sumptuous mother-of-pearl and tortoiseshell veneers in elaborate Asian-inspired designs

Popular among wealthy residents of viceregal Peru in the 17th and 18th centuries, enconchado cabinets combine sumptuous mother-of-pearl and tortoiseshell veneers in elaborate Asian-inspired designs

Girandole Clock, Lemuel Curtis, c. 1816-21; this clock (named for its use of convex glass in the base section) was patented by Curtis in 1816 in his attempt to make a more technologically advanced and aesthetically pleasing model than was currently available

Girandole Clock, Lemuel Curtis, c. 1816-21; this clock (named for its use of convex glass in the base section) was patented by Curtis in 1816 in his attempt to make a more technologically advanced and aesthetically pleasing model than was currently available

This monumental dressing cabinet, from about 1720, bears the coat of arms of one of Spain's most wealthy families, the Mendozas; probably made in the Middle East, it's comprised of mother-of-pearl, bone, cypress and silver

This monumental dressing cabinet, from about 1720, bears the coat of arms of one of Spain's most wealthy families, the Mendozas; probably made in the Middle East, it's comprised of mother-of-pearl, bone, cypress and silver

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