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A Debt to Inspiration: On the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of Jayne Design Studio

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as honorary chair and deliver the keynote lecture at the 2015 Delaware Antiques Show, benefiting one of this country’s most important  cultural institutions. It is especially gratifying to me, a graduate … Continue reading

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Life of the Party

We’ve all seen the “life of the party” at a gathering or two. The teller of jokes, the keeper of magic tricks, the dancer of jigs, the wearer of a lampshade…which brings us to this 1966 CoverGirl advertisement for Frosty … Continue reading

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Sewing with a Worm, an Alligator, and a Stanhope Viewer

You might be surprised at what you can find in the Winterthur Museum collection. It’s not only celebrated ceramics, rare paintings, and priceless furniture. It’s also… tools. Did I say tools? Yes, but not those kinds of tools. There aren’t … Continue reading

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Back of the House and Beyond: The Millionaire’s Household, 1900–1942

For a number of years, Maggie Lidz, Winterthur’s recently retired estate historian, and I have been working on a book that takes an in-depth look at the rarely explored spaces in large American houses and estates.  It has taken a … 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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Point-to-Point’s Historic Landscape Part of Preservation Project at Winterthur

Every spring, on the first weekend of May, the fields of Winterthur along Kennett Pike are brought to life as people gather for the annual Point-to-Point steeplechase. The Point-to-Point fields on the Winterthur estate comprise rolling hills that tuck into … Continue reading

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From All Points of the Compass: Ceramics Travel the World

This year’s Ceramics Conference at Winterthur, April 23–24, focuses on ceramics that were marketed internationally—from China to the United States to Mexico and beyond. Four ceramic figures from the Winterthur collection—the Four Quarters of the Globe, made by the Derby … Continue reading

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Introducing a New Look for Winterthur—Inside and Out!

It is with great pleasure that Winterthur announces the yearlong house renovation is coming to a close! More importantly, the ground-to-roofline scaffolding and green scrim around the exterior of Henry Francis du Pont’s former home is coming down! So far, … 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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French Fashions on Paper: Advertising the Coiffure in 18th-Century Paris

Among the numerous items in the library’s Maxine Waldron Collection of Children’s Books and Paper Toys is a gorgeously hand-painted French set of paper cards from the late 1780s not intended as a children’s plaything but rather as an advertisement … Continue reading

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