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A Queen’s Treasure from Versailles: Marie-Antoinette’s Japanese Lacquer

Among Marie-Antoinette’s most cherished belongings was her collection of Japanese lacquerware, the core of which was bequeathed to her by her mother, Empress Maria Theresa of Austria. Some of these exquisite objects, once reserved for the eyes of visitors to the opulent private salon known as the cabinet doré, are now on view in A Queen’s Treasure from Versailles: Marie-Antoinette’s Japanese Lacquer. This focused show offers a unique sense of her refined taste and also highlights the remarkable skill of urushi masters of the mid-Edo period (c. 1681-1764).