Chrysler Museum of Art

Chrysler Museum of Art

Much of the Chrysler Museum of Art’s decorative arts collection was donated to the Museum by Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., but the collection also contains significant objects that were collected by the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences prior to Chrysler’s arrival and objects that have been collected subsequently.

As a young man, Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. collected outstanding 18th-century English furniture and silver for his own use. In middle age, as his taste shifted, he and his wife Jean Outland Chrysler assembled an extraordinary collection of Art Nouveau furniture and other decorative arts which they first used to furnish their Provincetown, Massachusetts, residence and later their Norfolk home. As a result, the Museum today possesses splendid holdings in these areas, including outstanding examples by Louis Majorelle and Emile Gallé. The Chrysler has subsequently added significant objects, which complement its 19th-century holdings.

Prior to Mr. Chrysler’s arrival the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences had received several important examples of Southern furniture as gifts, and the Chrysler also houses a substantial collection of 18th-century Worchester porcelain that is on long term loan from the City of Norfolk. This porcelain was given and bequeathed to the City of Norfolk by the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clay Hofheimer II.