This exhibition started on September 06, 2017 and is on display until March 25, 2018.

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Master craftsmanship, luxurious materials, or sensuous forms often provide a veneer for objects that amplifies the pleasure of their use. Design disguises what we wish to remain private, tempts us with luxuries large and small, feeds sensuous appetites, and—should we envy someone else’s possessions—ease our discontent with clever imitations. Pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth—the seven deadly sins—find irresistible outlet in these objects chosen from Cooper Hewitt’s collection.

  • Chaise Longue (France), ca. 1750
  • carved walnut, beechwood, caning, (upholstered cushions later).
  • Gift of Mrs. Howard J. Sachs and Mr. Peter G. Sachs in memory of Miss Edith....
  • 1978-168-68-a/c
  • Textile (France), 1760–1769
  • silk and metal-wrapped silk-core threads.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt, from the textile collection of Mrs. Abram....
  • 1931-4-25-a/c
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 5 images of this object.
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Cooler, ca. 1795
  • glazed and gilded porcelain with polychrome overglaze decoration.
  • Bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane.
  • 1926-22-468-a/c
  • Wine Glass, 1740–50
  • cut, engraved, and gilded glass.
  • Museum purchase through gift of James Loeb.
  • 1951-147-1-a,b
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 4 images of this object.
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 5 images of this object.
  • UP 3 Chair, 1969
  • polyurethane foam, fabric.
  • Gift of the Estate of Frederick N. Babbish.
  • 1991-94-4