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Property sold to benefit Rienzi Collection acquisitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
* These lots may be exempt from sales tax as set forth in the Sales Tax Notice in the back of the catalogue.
In 1990, Carroll Sterling and Harris Masterson III promised Rienzi, their residence, collection and gardens, to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In 1999, Rienzi was opened to the public as the museum's European decorative arts collection. Its fine collection of English furniture, carefully assembled over the years, features many notable highlights, such as a pair of giltwood stools from the Spencer House and a pair of corner cabinets by Mayhew and Ince. It also has an excellent collection of First Period Worcester porcelain and important English silver and paintings. The Mastersons, who served on the museum's board of trustees for over forty years, encouraged the museum to add works of art to their collection and, when advisable, to deaccession objects as well. Proceeds from the sale of these three deaccessioned objects will directly benefit Rienzi's art purchasing fund and thereby help it fulfill the wishes of its donors.
Katherine S. Howe
The Museum of Fine Arts. Houston