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Winterthur Primer: A Look at Fabrics on Early American Quilts
7th Anniversary
Quilts are collected for many reasons. Some people value them as colorful examples of folk art -- either period or contemporary -- others, as documents commemorating aspects of women's history or displaying characteristics associated with a particular...
A Winterthur Primer: Acquiring and Researching Portraits
Autumn-Winter 2006
American portraiture from the 1700s and 1800s is a ripe area for study and collecting. Over the last two decades scholars have undertaken important research that builds on over a century of interest in American art. I encourage you to look intently at....
American ABC: Childhood in 19th-Century America
Autumn-Winter 2006
Over the course of the nineteenth century, the United States grew from an infant republic to a powerful nation with a prominent place in world affairs. The exhibition American ABC: Childhood in 19th-Century America provides a window into the everyday...
Biedermeier: The Invention of Simplicity
Autumn-Winter 2006
Between the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 and the series of revolutions that erupted in 1848, central and northern Europe enjoyed a period of relative stability and peace. The art associated with this period, and the culture that gave rise to it...
Cotswold School Furniture
Autumn-Winter 2006
The Arts and Crafts Movement in England was borne of two ideas: that utilitarian objects -- household furnishings fit for purpose -- would reflect the beauty inherent in such fitness; and that the manner in which these objects were produced would imbue...
Expressions of Innocence and Eloquence: Selections from the Jane Katcher Collection of Americana
Autumn-Winter 2006
Several years ago Jane Katcher, a collector and longtime student of American folk art and Americana, was asked to prepare a magazine article about some of her favorite objects. As she discussed this project with David Schorsch, the folk art specialist...
Investing in Antiques: Schoolgirl Needlework
Autumn-Winter 2006
In the final chapter of her two-volume publication Girlhood Embroidery (1993), Betty Ring, the foremost authority on schoolgirl needlework, provides an in-depth history of collecting this art form, which she traces back to the 1860s....
Mount Vernon Ushers in a New Era
Autumn-Winter 2006
After fifteen years of planning and a capital campaign that raised more than $110 million, Mount Vernon's Ford Orientation Center and Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center opens to the public on October 27, 2006. This marks a new era at...
Peace, Plenty, and Independence: Selections from a Collection of English Ceramics made for the American Market, 1770-1820
Autumn-Winter 2006
This year the Delaware Antique Show features a loan exhibition from the finest private collection of Liverpool jugs and other English pottery made for the American market. Made in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, the creamware jugs...
The Marquis de Lafayette and George Washington
Autumn-Winter 2006
The major commemoration in the United States of the 250th anniversary of the birth of the Marquis de Lafayette will inaugurate Mount Vernon's new changing exhibitions gallery. A Son and his Adoptive Father: The Marquis de Lafayette and George...
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