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Winterthur Primer: The Winterthur Library, An Invaluable Resource
Summer 2007
Most people think of the library at the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum as a resource for advanced scholarship. While this is true, it is also a great deal more. Increasingly in the last few years, we have welcomed new users, either in person or b
A Premier Folk Art Museum Celebrates Fifty Years and a New Home
Spring 2007
This year the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in Colonial Williamsburg celebrates its fiftieth anniversary and its new home. Relocated two blocks from its previous address, the building is adjacent to the DeWitt Wallace Museum on Francis Street..
A Taunton Chest Redivivus
Spring 2007
A case in point. In the fall of 2005, it came to our attention that an extraordinary miniature painted chest (Figs. 1a-b) of the type associated with Robert Crosman (1707-1799) of Taunton, Massachusetts, was going to come up for auction in the sale of...
Appraising Your Collection
Spring 2007
In today's market, where the value of art and antiques can change over the course of a single auction or private sale, the appraiser is a vital ally to the collector. With an independent, impartial appraisal of your collection in hand, you have the inform
Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls: The Women of Tiffany Studios
Spring 2007
While Louis C. Tiffany (1848-1933) was the artistic genius behind the creative endeavors of Tiffany Studios, the discovery of a cache of correspondence written by Clara Driscoll (1861-1944), head of the Women's Glass Cutting Department, has revealed...
Classical Decorative Arts of Philadelphia
Spring 2007
Although most of the "fancy goods," or accessories, such as glass, ceramics, and lighting, used in wealthy American homes in the first few decades of the nineteenth century were traditionally imported, household goods of excellent quality were...
Classical Furniture in Federal Philadelphia
Spring 2007
When Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1764-1820) arrived in cosmopolitan Philadelphia in 1798, the city had been the capital of the "new Republic" of the United States for eight years. By introducing Philadelphians to Grecian-influenced architecture with his...
Dean Failey: 2007 ADA Merit Award Recipient
Spring 2007
It was a biology professor who pointed Dean Failey, this year's ADA Award of Merit recipient, in the direction of his decorative arts career. Dean, senior vice president and senior director of American furniture and decorative arts at Christie's...
Discoveries from the Field: A Charleston Linen Press?
Spring 2007
A previously unknown early nineteenth-century furniture form from Charleston, South Carolina, was recently discovered over 114 miles away in an unassuming 1930s Columbia, South Carolina, neighborhood. Research is currently underway to identify the...
Discoveries from the Field: A Hollingsworth Family Sofa and its Upholstery Revealed
Spring 2007
The work of Philadelphia furniture makers of the second and third quarters of the eighteenth century is distinguished by conservative design principles, fine proportions, strong construction precepts, ornamentation that required the skills of carvers...
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