Category Archives: Art Conservation

A Sticky Situation in the Doll “Mansion”

You were introduced to Winterthur’s doll “mansion” in our previous blog post, and already the museum visitors have expressed lots of anticipation for the doll house’s Yuletide debut in 2016. Before that can happen, however, various conservation problems must first … Continue reading

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A Doll “Mansion”

Often the first reaction upon seeing Nancy McDaniel’s dollhouse is a gasp. It is a 6-foot-by-3-foot, slate- roofed, fully electrified dollhouse inspired by Queen Mary’s dollhouse in England, it was left to Winterthur when Nancy McDaniel passed away recently. We … Continue reading

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Flowery Thoughts – People and Museums Working Together!

The exhibition Flowery Thoughts: Ceramic Vases & Floral Ornament at Winterthur is another in a series of loan exhibitions created by Winterthur Museum for its neighbor, the Brandywine River Museum of Art. This year’s exhibition will be unveiled at the … Continue reading

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A Blog Post Helps Solve an Art Mystery

The March blog post “Sleuthing in Rare Books to Reveal and Art Lover’s Interest” presented the collection of William Barnes Bement (1817–1897). Bement was a prominent Philadelphia industrialist and avid art collector. However, his descendants sold off his art collection … Continue reading

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Sleuthing in Rare Books to Reveal an Art Lover’s Interest

  Unlike Henry Francis du Pont, most art collectors don’t leave records explaining why he or she decided to purchase one work of art or another.  Understanding demand for art during a particular time period can help scholars determine how … Continue reading

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Tracing Inspiration in a Beautiful Needlework Picture

  Artwork at its best inspires and influences other art forms; a great piece of literature can be turned into an award-winning movie, or a painting can inspire a book. Join me as I trace the roots of an embroidered … Continue reading

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Travels through Conservation

As director of conservation at Winterthur Museum, I have had one of the best jobs in the world. Every day I visit the conservation labs at Winterthur, where a remarkable staff and twenty graduate students in art conservation work to … Continue reading

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Honoring H. F. du Pont and His Lasting Influence

During this, the 25th anniversary year of Jayne Design Studio, Winterthur Fellow and Delaware Antiques Show keynote speaker Thomas Jayne and filmmaker Simon Blake have collaborated to honor Henry Francis du Pont and his extraordinary vision for Winterthur Museum. In … Continue reading

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Meet One of the Most Colorful and Captivating Men in History

Adventure.  Discovery.  Passion.  Danger.  Alexander von Humboldt’s life was packed with all of them. In this video blog, New York Times best-selling author Andrea Wulf describes the remarkable life of the man, explorer, and scientist who came up with the … Continue reading

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A Brittle Beauty

The centuries-old technique of lacquering (lacquer fragments have been unearthed from archeological sites in China dating to 5,000 BC) was, and still is, used to decorate furniture, teawares, dinner services, and architectural elements by coating them with multiple layers of … Continue reading

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