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Winterthur Primer: Invisible to the Eye -- The Scientific Analysis of Decorative and Fine Art
Autumn/Winter 2007
It has become increasingly common to see chemists working side by side with curators and conservators to gain a more complete assessment of an object of art. Today scientific research departments are found in more than a dozen museums in the United States
Architectural Highlights of Boston's North Shore
Summer/Autumn 2007
Boston's North Shore was first settled by English colonists soon after the Mayflower Pilgrims disembarked at Plymouth, along what is now the southern Massachusetts coast, in 1620. The Cape Ann colony, where Gloucester and Rockport are situated on the Nort
Bayou Bend: Celebrating Fifty Years
Summer/Autumn 2007
In 1957, the philanthropist Miss Ima Hogg (1882-1975) donated her mansion, Bayou Bend, and her collection of American decorative arts and paintings to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Located in one of Houston's historic neighborhoods, the elegant 1920s
Connecting a London-Trained Joiner to 1630s Plymouth Colony
Summer/Autumn 2007
Studies of seventeenth-century New England furniture have often discussed the influence of London training on joiners who came to New England, and how such craftsmen and their objects might have influenced furniture tradesmen throughout the region. A rece
Great American Folk Art at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum: Part 2
Summer/Autumn 2007
Colonial Williamsburg's Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum moved into new, state-of-the-art quarters in February 2007. With 11,000 square feet of gallery space, the museum currently features eleven exhibitions drawn from its permanent collections. T
Green Your Home with Antiques: Antiques -- In Vogue with Green Design
Summer/Autumn 2007
Lately, one cannot pick up a magazine or tune into a favorite home improvement show without noticing a feature on the movement toward green design. What exactly is green design? Green means environmentally responsible. It addresses the impact of building
Hands On: Portsmouth Lolling Chair
Summer/Autumn 2007
he lolling chair is one of the most distinctive American furniture forms of the Federal period (ca. 1790-1815). Produced throughout the new republic, the form reached its zenith in style and form in the coastal regions of Massachusetts and Southern New Ha
Historic Opinions: How Critics Shaped American Tastes in Furniture
Summer/Autumn 2007
All styles eventually go out of fashion. Colonial hoop dresses, Victorian handlebar moustaches, and 1960s shag carpeting all enjoyed great popularity before falling out of favor. Similar cycles of taste have governed the history of furniture design. Going
Investing in Antiques: Collecting Chinese Export Porcelain
Summer/Autumn 2007
Between the sixteenth and the nineteenth centuries the Chinese catered to the almost insatiable European demand for porcelain. Made specifically for the western world with distinctive forms and decoration tailored to this market, the "designs and styles [
Jules Tavernier at Red Cloud Agency in 1874
Summer/Autumn 2007
"I am about to cross one of the wildest regions [of the West], where no artist has gone yet," Jules Tavernier (1844-1889) wrote his mother from Cheyenne, Wyoming, on May 7, 1874. The next day he was to embark on a dangerous month-long journ
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