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Presidential Porcelain from Washington to Winterthur

The Winterthur collection is generally recognized as the premier collection of American decorative arts in the world. Winterthur founder, Henry Francis du Pont was a great collector of Americana. Throughout his life du Pont amassed an extraordinary collection of American furniture and … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving at Winterthur

Winterthur founder Henry Francis du Pont was known as a great entertainer. He meticulously planned his dinner parties, overseeing every detail, from the china, silverware, and table linens to the floral arrangements and menu courses. It would be reasonable to think … Continue reading

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As Night Falls on Downton Abbey

                The dazzling dinner parties on the period drama Downton Abbey are known to yield some of the character’s best one-liners, especially those uttered by the Dowager Countess of Grantham played by Dame … Continue reading

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Music to My Ears

Since Henry Francis du Pont’s time, efforts have been made at Winterthur to fill the home and grounds with music. In an exercise in technical innovation and first-rate hospitality, Mr. du Pont wired audio systems throughout Winterthur. During the warmer months, guests … Continue reading

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Winterthur in a New Light

Most art and history enthusiasts are well aware that historical objects need to be regularly monitored and conserved. But what about historic structures? How can conservators, architects, and historians work cooperatively to preserve the houses of the past for historians … Continue reading

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Unveiling the Secrets and Treasures of the Museum

Winterthur is full of many treasures that are often overlooked or not on display in the museum or Galleries. In fact, with more than 90,000 objects in the collection, it is understandable that even our own tour guides routinely discover … Continue reading

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Daffodil Days

If you have been to Winterthur within the last two weeks, you have seen the remarkable display of naturalized daffodils emerging along the front drive and throughout the garden. The daffodil’s triumphant bloom is a clear signal of spring on … Continue reading

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Pomp & Circumstance

The weather warms, brilliant colors begin to erupt in Azalea Woods, and the Brandywine Valley’s grand spring tradition is right around the corner! May 4 marks the 36th running of Point-to-Point at Winterthur, the annual steeplechase event on the pristine … Continue reading

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Castle Howard: The Majesty of the Country Home

Our second evening lecture this spring highlights another grand country house and estate. As far as country homes go, Castle Howard is one of the most grand. Located in North Yorkshire, England, Castle Howard, though not an actual castle, was … Continue reading

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A Woman’s Touch (and Creativity and Intelligence) Makes All the Difference

In honor of March’s celebration of Women’s History Month, it seems fitting to admire the many women who have made contributions in one way or another to Winterthur. Marian Cruger Coffin (1876–1957) was one of the first American women landscape … Continue reading

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