2 door frames, 2 pieces of molding, 2 doors, 3 panels, and miscellaneous trim

Queen Anne room, c. 1720-1730

Unknown artist, expand_more

Like the Tudor Room, the Queen Anne Room honors the memory of John Washburn, an early advocate of the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, who had a passionate interest in English architecture and decoration. Charles Robeson, a London interior architecture dealer, sold the paneling in this room to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 1932. At the time, Robeson thought the paneling had come from an early 18th-century house in the town of Stafford, England. The restrained, symmetrical oak walls reflect the late baroque, or Queen Anne style, which was popular in England during the early part of the 18th century. The carved festoons of fruits and flowers above the fireplace are crafted in a manner popularized by the master English woodcarver Grinling Gibbons.

The Queen Anne style features objects comfortably tailored to the human body, with curved seats and backs, cabriole (S-shaped) legs, pad feet, and sumptuously grained and veneered wood, as seen in the seating furniture on display here.



Queen Anne Room (#783)
Queen Anne room
21' 91/2" x 15' 3"
Accession Number
Curator Approved

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2 door frames, 2 pieces of molding, 2 doors, 3 panels, and miscellaneous trim