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Annie-Christine Daskalakis Mathews

May 24 - June 2, 2004

Annie-Christine Daskalakis Mathews, an art historian who is an authority on room interiors from Ottoman Damascus, documented and researched two rooms at Shangri La which originally came from Syria. The 18th-century Damascus Room and Syrian Room came from Syria and are among the highlights of Shangri La. For a rising merchant class in Damascus, the lavish decor of painted walls, ceilings and cut marble floor conveyed social status, wealth and prestige. At Shangri La, Doris Duke adapted these interiors to serve as a guest room and to showcase her collections. Daskalakis Mathews is completing her dissertation focused on Syrian interiors at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

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