Rienzi, the centre for European decorative arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, was given to the museum through the estates of arts patrons Harris Masterson II and his wife Carroll Sterling Masterson, in 1997. This chronicle of the house museum ...
and its collection is published in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the donation of Rienzi to the MFAH. Rienzi comprises a remarkable art collection, a house and gardens. Harris Masterson was a born collector with a keen interest in European art, especially British painting and decorative arts, which he began to acquire while in England during World War II. His collecting interests were diverse, ranging from 18th-century English ceramics, French and English furniture and portraiture, to small, precious objects by jewellers such as Jean Schlumberger and David Webb. This book is the first to document Rienzi and its collections. It presents an illustrated biography of the Mastersons and their role as collectors, written by Katherine S. Howe, who h
Number of pages: 228
Date of publication: 01/11/2008
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