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Silhouette Sleuthing: Solving the Mystery of the Weston Profile Artist (Part 2)

In the first Silhouette Sleuthing blog post, I detailed how I discovered that one of the silhouettes in the Winterthur collection had been misattributed to artist Mary Pillsbury Weston, who was most famous for her Spirit of Kansas painting exhibited … Continue reading

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Silhouette Sleuthing: The Mystery of the Weston Profile Artist

What started as simple research into a silhouette in the Winterthur collection has progressed to a three-month trek through directories, census records, newspaper advertisements, maps, artist encyclopedias, archives, and auction catalogs. The silhouette in question, a group portrait against an … Continue reading

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Truths of the Trade: Collecting, Researching, and Exhibiting an Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World Cabinet

A mere shadow, faintly visible in raking light, is all that remains of the script that once spelled “Philadelphia” on the drawer front of Winterthur’s recently acquired double cabinet. This drawer may be blank, but gold painted letters still adorn … Continue reading

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The Shop of Robert Stewart: Work and Wealth in the Antebellum Natchez Furniture Trade

The life and work of antebellum cabinetmaker Robert Stewart (1796–1866) spanned one  of the most contentious periods in American history in one of the country’s most complex places: Natchez, Mississippi, a river town of great diversity and incredible wealth. For … Continue reading

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Southern Collecting in the Post−Civil War Era: A Case Study of Barbara Fritchie’s Desk-and-Bookcase

On November 21, 1885, Ariana Trail wrote to her son-in-law, Reverend John Harding,  with a tone of urgency, imploring him to send his wife, Nan, $18, “so that she can buy Barbara Frietchie’s secretary, a lovely antique genuine, & in … Continue reading

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At Twenty-Five: Distinguishing the Biggs Museum of American Art

As we look forward to the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Biggs Museum of American Art, our focus is one dedicated to the objects, stories, and supporters who have made the institution not only notable—thanks to founder Sewell C. Biggs … Continue reading

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Creating Places to Call Home

For award-winning architect and Delaware Antiques Show co-chair and keynote speaker Gil Schafer, the measure of a house does not lie in the structure itself or in any particular element of its design. Instead, he says the most successful houses … 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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“Stand Fast in the Liberty”: A Rare Waistcoat Belt

On September 6, 1776, Peter, a slave from Salem County, New Jersey, ran away from his master’s property wearing “a white jacket with a belt before.” Charles Sherry, a convict servant, escaped from William Scott of Dumfries, Virginia, on February … Continue reading

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