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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 bust of Augustus in bronze

Tiffany swan centerpiece

“Grotto” style piano stool

Molded plaster ceiling with heroes of the ancient world

Portrait of Mrs. Charlotte Denison by Hoppner

Portrait bust of Julius Caesar in bronze

Carved and Gilded Rococo Double Doors

Louis XVI carved, gilded, and polychromed armchair stamped Falconet

Portrait of the Marchioness of Wellesley by Hoppner

Study for Decorative panel with barbet by Oudry

Pantsuit by Emilio Pucci

Tapestry with scenes of amorous couples

Portrait of Lady Fitzroy, nee Mundy by Hoppner

20 panels of hand painted Chinese wallpaper

Pair of cloisonné candlesticks

Series of Scipio tapestries

Embroidered panel with the story of Esther

Portrait of a Young Woman by Bol

Portrait of James Buchanan Duke by John Da Costa

Pantsuit by André Courrèges

Sunburst clock

Portrait of Raphael Franco by Gainsborough

Cigar storage case

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

Large Cizhou baluster jar

Portrait of Doris Duke at 11 years old

Wingchairs in the William and Mary style

Wicker Hat by Christian Dior

Jeune fille blonde cousant (Young blonde girl sewing)

Nymph Attributed to Clodion

Portrait of Charles Oldfield Bowles by Hoppner

Pair of Shoes by Jay Thorpe

Tapestry with proclamation scene

Near Reef of Norman’s Woe by Lane

Dutch Rococo marquetry chairs

Curiosity cabinet

Portrait of Caroline Spencer, Fourth Duchess of Marlborough by Reynolds

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

Pair of wrought iron console tables with gilding

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

Della Robbia fruit baskets

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

Portrait of Nanaline Holt Inman Duke

Beauvais tapestry with the arms of France and Navarre

Famille Rose covered jars with phoenix and cranes among peonies

Study for Decorative panel with two hounds by Oudry

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

Silk Velvet Jacket by Balenciaga

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

Sleeping Putto

Desk and bookcase

Pair of musical automatons by John Henry Cox

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