Jacque (James) Joseph Tissot's 1877 oil painting, The Little Goose Girl, was painted during a particularly contented time in the artist's life, when this French born artist spent an extended period in England, away from his customary residence in Paris. Drawn to painting scenes of everyday life, this is a work full of charming observations of the girl's ordinary country life.
This distinctive late 19th century wooden King's Chair with its inlay of ivory is said to come from Africa's Swahili coast and serves as an appropriately functional, but impressively ceremonial seat for a ruler. It consists of two parts, the back part being inserted behind the arms of the seat section.
Before her son agreed to permit his Florida based artist/mother, Alette Karen Simmons-Jimenez, to sell his 1998 portrait to the museum, it was his favorite painting. It records both his likeness and probably his favorite animal, the penguin, so subtly inserted into the composition as a background motif and the final word of the boyboypinquino inscription.
Knoxville based artist Richard Jolley's Flora, 1992, is part of the outstanding international contemporary glass collection given by Elice Haverty and Dr. Rhodes Haverty to the museum over the last four years. Technically acomplished as a work of sculptural form, it solidly communicates Jolley's distinctive use of color. Less than a perfect immortal, this Flora wears her wreath of springtime flowers with a humorous air.