Category Archives: Furniture

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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Boston Furniture at Winterthur

BOSTON. The name brings to mind Beacon Hill, baked beans, and the Red Sox—but perhaps not antique furniture. Yet during its early history, Boston attracted many of the finest woodworking craftsmen in America. Perched on a strip of land jutting … Continue reading

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Green: One of the Prettiest Colors There Is

“I think color is the thing that really counts more than any other,” said Henry Francis du Pont in reflecting on his approach to decorating long after Winterthur had opened as a museum. Color is the most important characteristic of … Continue reading

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Bright Orange Baseboards in 18th-Century Williamsburg?

Do my eyes deceive me, or is that really a bright orange paint dating back to the 1770s–90s? Hi, my name is Sara Lapham, and I am a furniture conservation major in the WUDPAC class of 2013. This summer I … Continue reading

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Devoted to the Betterment of Man: Byrdcliffe: An American Arts & Crafts Colony

By Rich McKinstry, Winterthur Library Director On June 5, 1902, Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead wrote to his wife, Jane, from Kingston, New York: We have found a country with a sky—such beauty of sky I have not seen except in France, … Continue reading

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The House within the House: Imagining the Original Winterthur

By Hannah Freece, 2011 graduate of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture and current Tiffany & Co. Foundation Curatorial Intern in American Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.   If you’ve taken a tour at Winterthur, you … Continue reading

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The Chest of Many Mysteries

Editor’s note: in this post, Winterthur curator Wendy A. Cooper shares her excitement about the start of the research process that happens when a new object is added to the collection. At first glance, I might have thought that this … Continue reading

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