Victoria, with all of the lavish furnishings and decor, then don't miss this new exhibit at Rienzi, the house museum for European decorative arts owned by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Decorative Arts in the Age of Victoria" gives us a look at objects during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901) that reflect the desire to honor history while also embracing modern advances in technology. Objects on view include porcelain, glass, jewelry, miniatures (which we love), ornate wallpaper and furniture.
Rienzi is the former home of philanthropists Carroll Sterling Masterson and Harris Masterson III and several of their gifts to the MFAH appear in this exhibit: There's a
porcelain plate and urn, a cut glass footed bowl and a magnificent chest of drawers fashioned with walnut and marble. Docent-led tours are offered at 10 and 11 a.m. and at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. March 11. Continuing 10 and 11 a.m. and 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays; 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30 and 4 p.m. Sundays.
March 11-July 30. 1406 Kirby. For information, visit mfah.org/rienziexhibitions. Free to $8.
If you've found yourself mesmerized by the pomp, circumstance and pageantry of PBS's Masterpiece show,