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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

Desk and bookcase

Silk Velvet Jacket by Balenciaga

Dutch Rococo marquetry chairs

Study for Decorative panel with barbet by Oudry

Nymph Attributed to Clodion

Beauvais tapestry with the arms of France and Navarre

Wingchairs in the William and Mary style

Molded plaster ceiling with heroes of the ancient world

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

Portrait of a Young Woman by Bol

Portrait of Charles Oldfield Bowles by Hoppner

“Grotto” style piano stool

Della Robbia fruit baskets

Near Reef of Norman’s Woe by Lane

Pair of cloisonné candlesticks

Tapestry with proclamation scene

Carved and Gilded Rococo Double Doors

Portrait of Mrs. Charlotte Denison by Hoppner

Portrait of Raphael Franco by Gainsborough

Tapestry with scenes of amorous couples

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

Portrait bust of Julius Caesar in bronze

Pantsuit by Emilio Pucci

Pair of wrought iron console tables with gilding

Portrait of the Marchioness of Wellesley by Hoppner

Portrait of James Buchanan Duke by John Da Costa

20 panels of hand painted Chinese wallpaper

Louis XVI carved, gilded, and polychromed armchair stamped Falconet

Cigar storage case

Pair of musical automatons by John Henry Cox

Wicker Hat by Christian Dior

Portrait bust of Augustus in bronze

Series of Scipio tapestries

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

Famille Rose covered jars with phoenix and cranes among peonies

Infant Christ Asleep by Duquesnoy

Jeune fille blonde cousant (Young blonde girl sewing)

Portrait of Caroline Spencer, Fourth Duchess of Marlborough by Reynolds

Pantsuit by André Courrèges

Portrait of Lady Fitzroy, nee Mundy by Hoppner

Study for Decorative panel with two hounds by Oudry

Embroidered panel with the story of Esther

Portrait of Nanaline Holt Inman Duke

Sunburst clock

Portrait of Doris Duke at 11 years old

Large Cizhou baluster jar

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

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

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

Curiosity cabinet

Tiffany swan centerpiece

Pair of Shoes by Jay Thorpe

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