Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Rose de Burford

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Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

Rose de Burford
Date of birth unknown; d. 1329, England

Rose Romeyn, daughter of a wealthy London merchant, married her father's business partner, John Burford. Rose was actively engaged in her husband's business, the wool and spice trade, and among their chief clients was the Wardrobe, a state office that supervised expenses of the king's household. When John died around 1322, Rose assumed full management of the business and acquired extensive properties.

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