Enfilade

Display | A Room for Damascus

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on January 24, 2016

This posting is about nine months late, but the display is still on view at the V&A:

A Room from Damascus
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 17 April 2015 — 15 April 2016

2015-04-14-09-4_c597fd06a43e853d25f8f9b6aac6e3f4In the 18th century, the main reception rooms in Syrian upper-class houses began to be highly decorated with colourful painted wooden panelling. These rooms were the focus of hospitality, but the objects displayed there also announced a family’s wealth and status. When cities began to modernise in the late 19th century, many of these decorative interiors were removed for sale. The V&A was the earliest western collection to acquire one. This display will present some of the panelling and a selection of the objects that once dressed this room.

Mariam Rosser-Owen, the curator responsible for the Arab World collections at the V&A, provides a blog posting, available here, on the installation of the display.

Her earlier posting details the history of the room as it came to the V&A.

 

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