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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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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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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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Historic Odessa: A Past Preserved

This year’s 51st Annual Delaware Antiques Show loan exhibit, Historic Odessa: A Past Preserved, highlights but a sliver of the rich history awaiting visitors to the charming Delaware community of Odessa, Delaware. From an imposing chest of drawers and tall clock by … Continue reading

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How I Became A Collector

Born into a family of collectors, I grew up in a home filled with art and antiques inherited from my mother’s family: Philadelphia Chippendale; Baltimore Federal furniture; and paintings by Winslow Homer, Maurice Prendergast, and Childe Hassam. Our house reflected … Continue reading

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No. 53 on Main Street

I was at the Delaware Antiques Show this past November and happened upon a seven-foot-tall carved wood “Indian Chief” (using the parlance of its time). This guy was a beauty: fully intact with no signs of damage with subdued bits … Continue reading

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Antiques Show Celebrates 50 Years of Excellence

How many 50th anniversary events do you attend, especially ones with 60 professionals on the program plus guest speakers with international reputations in the decorative arts? Of course, we are talking about the Delaware Antiques Show, celebrating 50 years of … Continue reading

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