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The Rienzi Collection

Rienzi is the MFAH house museum for European decorative arts. Originally the home of arts patrons Carroll Sterling Masterson and Harris Masterson III, Rienzi comprises a remarkable art collection, house, and gardens. For more than 40 years, the Mastersons collected decorative arts and paintings made from the 17th to mid-19th century. The collection and residence were used and enjoyed by the owners, their children, grandchildren, and friends until 1997, when Rienzi was given to the MFAH.

 
SÈVRES PORCELAIN MANUFACTORY
Dinner Plate from the Empress Catherine Service
Soft-paste porcelain
1778
Bust of Madame du Barry
Soft-paste porcelain
c. 1771–73
JAN WEESOP
Esmé Stuart, 5th Duke of Lennox and 2nd Duke of Richmond
Oil on Canvas
c. 1649–60
Punch Pot and Cover
Soft-paste porcelain
c. 1765
POMPEO BATONI
Academic Nude
Charcoal heightened with black and white chalk on blue-grey paper
1765
HENRY PIERCE BONE
Frederick Joseph Landgrave of Hesse, Hambourg
Enamel on metal and ormolu
1838
ROBERT TYRILL
Candlesticks
Sterling Silver
1752
Stool, one of a pair
Limewood, gilt, and upholstery
c.1757
Plate from the Swan Service
Hard-paste porcelain
c. 1737–41
BARTOLOMÉ ESTEBAN MURILLO
The Nativity
Oil on obsidian
c. 1665–70
Wärmeglocke (Covered Serving Plate) from the Möllendorff Service
Hard-paste porcelain
c. 1761
Covered Urn
Glass
c. 1800
Plate from the Service Arabesque
Soft-paste porcelain
1784
SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS
Mrs. Elisha Mathew
Oil on canvas
1777
, Decorated by Jefferyes Hamett O'Neale, Irish, c. 1734–1801
Vase with Three Lions
Soft-paste porcelain
c. 1768–70
ANGELICA KAUFFMANN
Portrait of Eleanor, Countess of Lauderdale
Oil on canvas
c. 1780–81
PAUL STORR
Wine Cooler, One of a Pair
Silver-gilt
1811
GUIDO RENI
Saint Joseph and the Christ Child
Oil on canvas
1638–40
Console Table (one of a pair)
Red pine gilding, travertine marble, plaster, and iron
c. 1805
Pair of Caisses á Fleurs Carrées (Orange Pots)
Soft-paste porcelain
1753-54