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Express Talk: The Art of the Secret Compartment

August 16, 2017
Meet in Gallery 100
Free with museum admission

Personal secrets, private documents, rare indulgences--learn about the art of concealment inside decorative arts and furniture. We’ll never be able to paw around for hidden buttons and clasps, but we can take pleasure in knowing what lies beneath the beautiful surfaces.

Vienna, Austria. Fall-Front Desk, c. 1810. Gift of the Centennial Fund; Mrs. Burton W. Hales, Mrs. William O. Hunt, Jessie Spaulding Landon, Mrs. Harold T. Martin, Adelaide Ryerson, Mrs. E. Hall Taylor, Mrs. Chester D. Tripp, and Mrs. Philip K. Wrigley funds.