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A Proud and Posturing Great-Grandfather

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Images of Louis XIV played an important role in celebrating, commemorating and promoting his power. Many survive on decorative objects, charting his life from cradle to grave. Almanacs (a type of calendar) were often used to depict the heroic exploits of Louis and his family with illustrations and verses depicting wars, royal weddings and births […]

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Health to the Little Stranger

As news of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby grips the nation, we thought it was time to show you some of the items in our collections fit for a new royal arrival.  An essential item for any baby is, of course, a cradle. This beautiful example was designed in 1861 by the architect […]

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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: The Triumph of Love, Florence, c.1460

In one of my earlier blogs I wrote about an Italian marriage chest or cassone, and this week’s object is, in a sense, a sequel to that.  It is a birth tray (in Italian, desco da parto), an object that was typically commissioned to celebrate the birth of a first-born son in elite Florentine families.  […]

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