Peter Thornton

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Peter Kai Thornton CBE (April 8, 1925 – February 8, 2007) was a museum curator and writer. He was keeper of furniture and woodwork at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London between 1966 and 1984, and curator to Sir John Soane's Museum, in Lincoln's Inn Fields between 1984 and 1995. Thornton was best known for his radical approach to the presentation of historic interiors at Ham House, Osterley Park and Apsley House.


  • Seventeenth Century Interior Decoration in England, France and Holland (1978).
  • with Maurice Tomlin: The Furnishing and Decoration of Ham House. Furniture History Society, London 1981.
  • Authentic Décor: the Domestic Interior 1620-1920 (1984).
  • Innovation in the Decorative Arts 1470-1870 (1989).
  • The Italian Renaissance Interior, 1400 - 1600. H. N. Abrams, New York City 1991, ISBN 0-810934590,