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The collections at NRF’s Rough Point Museum offer an interesting combination of the Gilded Age tastes of Doris Duke’s parents, what she purchased as a complement to the items she inherited, and what she left in her closets and attics when she died in 1993. Our strengths, therefore, are in 18th-century British portraiture, French and continental furniture and other decorative arts also from the 18th-century, 16th-century Flemish tapestries, Chinese ceramics, and mid to later 20th-century couture fashion, but we also have several spectacular outliers. Below are highlights from different areas of the collection.

The Collection

Portrait of Caroline Spencer, Fourth Duchess of Marlborough by Reynolds

Embroidered panel with the story of Esther

Cigar storage case

Curiosity cabinet

Louis XVI carved, gilded, and polychromed armchair stamped Falconet

Portrait of Charles, Prince of Wales, later Charles II, by Van Dyck

Near Reef of Norman’s Woe by Lane

Wicker Hat by Christian Dior

12 armchairs and a settee with tapestry seats featuring Fables of La Fontaine

Study for Decorative panel with two hounds by Oudry

Portrait of Mountjoy Blount, Earl of Newport and George, Lord Goring by Van Dyck

Jeune fille blonde cousant (Young blonde girl sewing)

Portrait of Thomas Freeman, Jr., Esq. by Hoare

Portrait of Mrs. Charlotte Denison by Hoppner

Tapestry with proclamation scene

Series of Scipio tapestries

Portrait bust of Julius Caesar in bronze

Pair of musical automatons by John Henry Cox

Portrait of Lady Fitzroy, nee Mundy by Hoppner

Portrait of Raphael Franco by Gainsborough

Sunburst clock

Tiffany swan centerpiece

Molded plaster ceiling with heroes of the ancient world

Infant Christ Asleep by Duquesnoy

20 panels of hand painted Chinese wallpaper

Large Cizhou baluster jar

Wingchairs in the William and Mary style

Portrait of Charles Oldfield Bowles by Hoppner

Portrait of Nanaline Holt Inman Duke

Dutch Rococo marquetry chairs

Silk Velvet Jacket by Balenciaga

Pantsuit by André Courrèges

Portrait bust of Augustus in bronze

Beauvais tapestry with the arms of France and Navarre

“Grotto” style piano stool

Portrait of James Buchanan Duke by John Da Costa

Pair of wrought iron console tables with gilding

Portrait of a Young Woman by Bol

Della Robbia fruit baskets

Carved and Gilded Rococo Double Doors

Pantsuit by Emilio Pucci

Portrait of Doris Duke at 11 years old

The Visit of the Stadtholder Prince Frederik to the Fleet of the States General at Dordrecht, 1646

Study for Decorative panel with barbet by Oudry

Portrait of the Marchioness of Wellesley by Hoppner

Tapestry with scenes of amorous couples

Desk and bookcase

Nymph Attributed to Clodion

Pair of Shoes by Jay Thorpe

Pair of cloisonné candlesticks

Covered Jar depicting a celebration of longevity by the Daoist Eight Immortals

Famille Rose covered jars with phoenix and cranes among peonies

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