New Installation Features Cabinets and Caskets from Metropolitan Museum’s Collection

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NEW YORK, NY.- Thinking Outside the Box: European Cabinets, Caskets, and Cases from the Permanent Collection (1500–1900)—on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 7, 2010— features 100 works selected from the Museum’s Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. The objects featured in this installation range from strongboxes to travel cases and from containers for tea or tobacco to storage boxes for toiletries or silverware. These lidded pieces, some of which have not been on display for many years, are made in a large variety of shapes and sizes, and of many different materials, and were created by mostly unknown artists, craftsmen, and amateurs. Viewed together, these works reflect changes in social customs as well as the evolution of styles over four centuries. Many are precious works of art that were collected in their own right. The objects in Thinking Outside the Box