Vizcaya’s Main House and gardens are furnished with a collection that represents many cultures and periods of art—ancient Roman sculptures, Renaissance tapestries and architectural elements, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century statues and garden decorations, Chinese ceramics, Rococo and Neoclassical furniture and early twentieth-century sculptures and paintings.
James Deering relied on his artistic director, Paul Chalfin, to decorate Vizcaya. In fact, if there was a collector at Vizcaya, it was Chalfin rather than Deering. The great majority of Vizcaya’s collection was acquired in Italy between 1912 and 1914, while the estate was still being planned.
Vizcaya’s collections aren’t only of statuary, furniture and important works of art; we also cultivate and care for living collections throughout our gardens and grounds. These include thousands of orchids, critically endangered native plants and several national champion trees.