The desire to surround ourselves with beauty is universal and timeless.
We have an innate tendency to transform the shape and decoration of even
mundane items in an effort to satisfy our aesthetic aspirations. As
cultural values, trends, and technologies shift from one era to the
next, so do the objects that we create for everyday use and enjoyment at
home. Focusing on objects from the seventeenth to nineteenth
centuries--from costly furnishings and paintings to inexpensive household
necessities--this exhibition shows how the quest for color, texture, and
splendor propels artful design.