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Hands-On: The Elastic Chairs of Samuel Gragg
Summer 2003
On August 31, 1808, Boston chairmaker Samuel Gragg (1772-1855) patented a design for a remarkable piece of bentwood seating furniture he called an
Mermaids and More: The Whimsical Primitives of Ralph Cahoon
Summer 2003
Prominent collectors (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Paul Mellon, and the DuPonts, to name only a few) began to acquire the work of Ralph E. Cahoon, Jr. (1910-1982) in the 1950s. Josiah K. Lilly III, heir to a pharmaceutical fortune, prominent Cape Cod phila
Museum Focus: The Peabody Essex Museum
Summer 2003
The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, is one of the oldest museums in the country and the first in New England. It was opened in 1799, just sixteen years after the founding of the nation, and nearly three quarters of a century before the estab
The McLellan House: New Approaches to Interpreting a Federal Mansion
Summer 2003
The Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine, recently completed the restoration and reinterpretation of the 1801 Hugh McLellan House (Figs. 1-2), one of three architecturally significant structures that form the museum. Rather than re-create an accurate
A Watch of Intrigue
Early Summer
A jewelled watch crafted by a London watchmaker in the late seventeenth century held the distinction for several hundred years as being the earliest surviving watch designed with a precious stone for a bearing.
Hands On: Seventeenth-Century Carving Techniques
Early Summer 2003
Seventeenth-century oak furniture from both England and New England often features a variety of carved decoration. These elements are derived from a few basic formats incorporating a combination of floral work and architectural patterns. The only period w
Maurice Prendergast: Paintings of America
Early Summer 2003
This early modernist's images of ladies at leisure by the sea represent ideas about good health, the culture of democracy, and
Museum Focus: Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
Early Summer 2003
The oldest clock and watch collection in the world devoted solely to timekeepers belongs to the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers of the City of London. The collection has recently been entirely re-displayed in the Clockmakers' Museum at the Guildhall Lib
Picture Perfect: Landscape Tourism in Northwest Connecticut
Early Summer 2003
The northwest hills of Connecticut have inspired artists for more than two centuries. Nearly 250 professionally trained artists worked here before 1940 (Figs. 1 and 2). A great influx of artists arrived during the nineteenth century with the development o
Trendy Wine Furniture
Early Summer 2003
In his Works In Architecture of 1778, Robert Adam expressed the opinion that his countrymen liked to partake of wine more so than the French.1 The considerable amount of wine indeed consumed by the English upper class, and their French and colonial Americ
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