European to 1900

The majority of the decorative arts in the permanent collection are European, with English objects predominating. This includes Paul Storr silver, a large selection of 19th-century lustreware, 18th-century furniture, such as a George Tyler long-case clock, and Worcester porcelain, including a complete set of American Birds by Dorothy Doughty. The extensive lace collection, which dates from the 16th to the 20th-centuries, includes early Italian, Belgian, and Austrian examples, as well as the bed curtains of Empress Marie-Louise, one of the largest known pieces of French point d’Alençon lace. Other notable objects include the 14th-century Spanish Processional Cross, an 18th-century English boy’s waistcoat, and the late 15th-century German stained glass panel of the Mocking of Christ.


Spanish (Barcelona)
Processional Cross, ca. 1390
Silver and enamel over an oak core
28 1/2" x 19 7/8" x 1 1/16"
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art purchase; funds provided by the Morrie A.
Moss Endowment, the Decorative Arts Trust and Mrs. Lula Coffey 97.9


Harlequin Writing Cabinet, 1790
Satinwood and rosewood
33 ¾" x 25" x 211/2" (closed)
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art purchase; funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Morris Rosenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Joel Bernsen, Mr. and Mrs. Murray Reiter, Dr. and Mrs. Justin H. Adler, Mrs. Roscoe Guilford Browne, and Mrs. C. M. Gooch 83.13


Altar Frontal, 1575-1625
Burrato lace
18 1/2" x 54"
Gift of Mrs. Andre Blumenthal 57.18



Edward Feline, English, active 1723-1750
Kettle And Stand, 1738
Silver with raffia handle
14" x 9" x 7"
Gift of the Decorative Arts Trust in honor of the opening ofthe new wing and in grateful appreciation of its founding members 89.29a,b



Young Boy's Waistcoat, ca. 1720
Linen with silk embroidered appliques
21" x 21 1/2"
Gift of the Decorative Arts Trust 95.2



John Wait, English, active 1742-1746
Longcase Clock, ca. 1745
Burl walnut
96" x 20 5/8" x 10 1/8"
Bequest of Dr. George William Huckaba in the name of the Decorative Arts Trust 99.5



Worcester, Flight, Barr & Barr
Soup Tureen, ca. 1820
10 7/8" x 11 7/8" x 11"
Gift of the Decorative Arts Trust with funds donated by Thomas C. Lee, Jr. 87.17a-c



Side Chair, ca. 1725-1750
39 ¼" x 24 ¼" x 24 ¼"
Gift of the Decorative Arts Trust 86.1



Dorothy Doughty, English, 1892-1962
Worcester Royal Porcelain Company
Pair of Yellow-Headed Blackbirds and Spiderwort, 1952
11"x 9" x 7" (male) 10 1/2" x 8" x 6" (female)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Morrie A. Moss 59.59-60