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The Antiquary Shop

William Merritt Chase

American Art

On View: American Identities: A New Look, Making Art: Centennial Era, 5th Floor

William Merritt Chase based this subject on sketches he compiled in Venice, during his first, transformatlve European sojourn, frorn 1872 to 1878. The detalls—various art objects and antiques offered for sale—signal the antiquarian interests that Chase developed while abroad. The Antiquary Shop anticipates Chase's paintings of the lavishly decorated New York studio that he established on his return. Although the array of textiles, metalwork, ceramics, and paintings in this scene represent the kind of objects sought by late nineteenth-century collectors, the figures, dressed In the costume of the Napoleonic era, lend It a historical air.

MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: United States
  • DATES 1879
    DIMENSIONS 26 1/2 x 33 15/16 in. (67.3 x 86.2 cm) Frame: 37 x 44 1/2 in. (94 x 113 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "Wm M Chase--1879"
    COLLECTIONS American Art
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Carll H. de Silver in memory of her husband
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    CAPTION William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916). The Antiquary Shop, 1879. Oil on canvas, 26 1/2 x 33 15/16 in. (67.3 x 86.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Carll H. de Silver in memory of her husband, 13.53
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