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From the miniature to the monumental — not to mention a commode — ‘Princely Treasures’ are unveiled at Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

Mia Cantu February 15th, 2012

Princely Treasures: European Masterpieces 1600-1800 from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London
Thursday-May 13
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch

Quite literally, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art proudly will serve as the only U.S. venue for an exhibit fit for a prince.

Debuting tomorrow, “Princely Treasures: European Masterpieces 1600-1800 from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London” displays items gathered from countries such as France, Italy, Sweden, Russia and more.

“It’s one of the most figurative exhibits we’ve had in a long time,” said Leslie Spears, museum communications manager.

The exhibit will showcase an array of European items from the 17th and 18th centuries, including clothing, textiles, paintings, sculptures, furniture and drawings.

right A silk satin waistcoat from England or France, circa 1730-1739

“This is a wonderful opportunity to see a range of different objects,” said curator Alison Amick. “There are beautiful pieces made from wood and silver that really show a level of excellence in craftsmanship.”

“Princely Treasures” is divided into five segments, each showcasing an important historical factor of European life in that era, including “Fashion and Personal Adornment” and “Religious Splendor.”

Visitors can view François Boucher’s famous painting of the Marquise de Pompadour in the “Princely Patronage” section, and a carved pair of walnut and silver flintlock pistols made by Jean Baptiste La Rocha in “Power and Glory.” A commode built with gilt-bronze mounts by Charles Cressent is featured in “Display in the Interior.”

The exhibit remains on display through May 13.

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