Category Archives: Furniture

The Remarkable Life and Career of a Free African-American Cabinetmaker

This mid-19th-century mahogany veneer dressing bureau, one of Winterthur’s newest furniture acquisitions, is a visually striking object with an even more striking history. Although the dresser conforms to popular urban furniture designs of its era (with its distinctive carved bracket … Continue reading

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Exotic Woods and International Trade

The objects in the upcoming Made in the Americas exhibition tell about global trade and how it inspired artistic traditions around the world (see our previous blog post, Globalism and Culturally Inspired Craftsmanship). Furniture crafted from exotic tropical hardwoods is … Continue reading

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The Time to Buy: Collecting American Antiques in 2016

I love Antiques Week. Every year, during the third week in January, collectors, curators, and dealers—indeed anyone with a passion for antiques—gather in New York for the Mardi Gras of Americana. The Winter Antiques Show attracts the rich, the famous, … Continue reading

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Influences from Abroad: Biedermeier Chairs in a New York Town House

Located within the Empire Parlor at Winterthur is a unique pair of side chairs. With distinctive double-balloon backs, incurvate stiles, and elegant scimitar legs, these chairs stand out from other pieces in the room.1 They are constructed primarily of mahogany and … 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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New York Furniture and Its Diverse Beginnings

Settled by the Dutch and claimed by the English, New York, from the start, was “a Babel of peoples—Norwegians, Germans, Italians, Jews, Africans . . . Walloons, Bohemians, Munsees, Montauks, Mohawks, and many others,” writes author Russell Shorto. This early … Continue reading

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Craft & Commerce in the Early Delaware River Valley

The Delaware River flows 419 miles south from its source in the Catskill Mountains of New York to the Delaware Bay, just north of Cape May, New Jersey. A 1757 map by Thomas Kitchin illustrates the interconnectedness of the landscape … Continue reading

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Philadelphia Furniture Takes Center Stage

Solid joinery and turning, elaborate rococo carving, and handsome woods are hallmarks of the finest early American furniture from Philadelphia. In collaboration with the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Winterthur’s annual Sewell C. Biggs Furniture … Continue reading

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Top exhibitors lend quality, knowledge, and loyalty to acclaimed Delaware Antiques Show

What makes a really good antiques dealer? How would I recognize one? As a start, you will find him or her to be an excellent communicator in the field of the Decorative Arts; and a person most knowledgeable about antique … Continue reading

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Washington, Warhol, and Winterthur: Unexpected Provenance in the Museum Collection

“I find that some museums know a good deal more about the histories of their things than I do about ours; therefore I want to get family histories whenever possible.” Henry Francis du Pont wrote this to a dealer, Winsor White, … Continue reading

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