Historic Odessa: A Past Preserved

John Janvier Sr. and Duncan Beard, tall clock, mahogany and brass, 1775–90. Historic Odessa Foundation

John Janvier Sr. and Duncan Beard, tall clock, mahogany and brass, 1775–90. Historic Odessa Foundation

This year’s 51st Annual Delaware Antiques Show loan exhibit, Historic Odessa: A Past Preserved, highlights but a sliver of the rich history awaiting visitors to the charming Delaware community of Odessa, Delaware.

From an imposing chest of drawers and tall clock by cabinetmaker John Janvier and clockmaker Duncan Beard to a distinctive Bible box, intricate samplers, fabulous silver service, ceramics, and needlework, the furnishings of the Historic Houses of Odessa bear witness to the fascinating history of Cantwell’s Bridge—the original name for the small Delaware river community that flourished as a marketing hub from the mid-18th through early 19th centuries. William Corbit and David Wilson, patriarchs of two of the town’s most prosperous families, built magnificent houses and filled them with the outward trappings of their success. Successive generations added to the material wealth, taking a particular interest in the preservation of not only family history but that of the town itself. The legacy of their endeavors, along with the considerable efforts and generosity of 20th century preservationist H. Rodney Sharp, can be seen in the six remarkable properties now owned and administered by the Historic Odessa Foundation.

Set of race horse portraits (2 of 6). John Bowles, printer (1701-1779) Remigius Parr, engraver (c. 1723-1747) London, dated 1739.

Set of race horse portraits (2 of 6). John Bowles, printer (1701-1779) Remigius Parr, engraver (c. 1723-1747) London, dated 1739.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 51st Annual Delaware Antiques Show takes place November 7–9, 2014, at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware. For show tickets or more information, please call 800.448.3883 or visit winterthur.org/das. Tickets are also available at the door.

View the 51st Annual Delaware Antiques official Show Catalogue.

Next week’s blog, “Historic Odessa: A Past Preserved” by Philip D. Zimmerman, Museum and Decorative Arts Consultant, takes a closer look at the historic town of Odessa, Delaware, and its history as well as the Historic Odessa Foundation.

 

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