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True Colors: Light Damage and Historic Needlework

This January, Winterthur acquired at auction a canvaswork picture associated with a group of needlework made in the Boston, Massachusetts, area. This embroidery, circa 1750, was created by Mary Perrin of Roxbury, Massachusetts. In many ways, the needlework is in … Continue reading

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The Versatile Horn: Nature’s Plastic

In an earlier blog post, A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts, we introduced objects created from coconut shells. Yet of all the organic materials in the Winterthur collection, perhaps the most versatile is the horn. Hooved mammals produce this layered growth … 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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A Priestly Treasure Trove of Ceramics

Around the turn of the 20th century, the Reverend Edward McClure, a Roman Catholic priest in Brockton, Massachusetts, commissioned photos of his house.  Lovingly bound in red morocco, the album cover proudly proclaims “Home of Father McClure” in gilt lettering.  … Continue reading

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A Rare African American Schoolgirl Needlework and Its Poetic Petition

Education has always been important for American children, but it is often difficult to document through traditional historical documents, especially for girls or African Americans. One way to accomplish this is by studying surviving needlework. Winterthur has many schoolgirl samplers … 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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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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PENNSYLVANIA GERMANS AND PATRIOTIC FOLK ART

The Pennsylvania Germans have long been renowned for their colorful folk art, embellished with tulips, hearts, birds, and other whimsical motifs. But during the American Revolution, many began to incorporate patriotic imagery into their artwork. Also known as the Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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The Tale of the Sword: A Celebration of Patriotism and Valor

On this Veterans Day, it seems fitting to highlight a new addition to our Metalwork Gallery that celebrates bravery, valor, and patriotism. A quick glance will tell you that this sword was not one intended for battle, but its grandeur … Continue reading

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