French Design in Maymont’s Gilded Age Mansion
Special Exhibition and Tours
Throughout the nineteenth century, Americans considered French design to be the height of fashion and good taste, influencing everything from furniture and room décor to high-style clothing and cuisine. Visit Maymont Mansion to discover the extensive collection of French decorative arts acquired by James and Sallie Dooley for their 1893 home. Guests will delight in the two sumptuous drawing rooms based on the Louis XV and Louis XVI styles, as well as the fine French-made porcelain, furniture, sculpture, textiles, and decorative objects that fill the mansion. A Don Quixote tapestry, woven by the Gobelins Manufactory in late eighteenth century Paris and recently conserved, is a treasured highlight of this unique tour. Acquired by James Dooley in 1910, the tapestry was one of his prized possessions, now returned to public view for the first time in many years. Guests also will have the opportunity to see an exquisite ball gown by the House of Worth, the famous Parisian couturier, on loan to represent the type of French fashion known to have been worn by Mrs. Dooley. Guided tours available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm.