The Anderson C. Bouchelle Center for the Study of International Decorative Arts and its adjacent gallery, contain over 600 objects from the museum's collections. From the Carrera marble statue of a classical maiden at the gallery entrance, to the richly-colored Tiffany-inspired Romeo and Juliet glass door at the rear, this gallery installation is a feast of the decorative arts.
By the juxtaposition of the wide range of varied art objects, the aim of the installation is to create a meaningful experience for the visitor through comparison and contrast of shape, historic affiliation, design element color and material. Against royal purple walls, a treasure trove of precious woods, the soft gleam of gold and silver, and the luster of antique mirrors sets the stage for angled cases that flaunt their lovely wares.
Highlights of this collection include Meissen, Berlin, Vienna and Vieux Paris porcelain, Staffordshire pottery, American Silver objects, Russian enamels, gilt bronze objects and cases of American Brilliant Period Glass from the permanent collection.