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Bring on the Bubbly: H. F. du Pont’s Taste for Krug

Because his legacy centers on antiques, it is easy to forget that H. F. du Pont (1880‒1969) was a man of his time—fond of martinis, cigarettes, and bridge. He also liked champagne. According to his butler, he preferred champagne to … Continue reading

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Wine at Winterthur: Henry Algernon du Pont and the Gilded Age

In this post, Estate Historian Maggie Lidz continues her research into wine and the du Pont family. Colonel Henry Algernon du Pont (1836–1926), the second owner of Winterthur, is a difficult man to understand. Today, his likes and dislikes, prides … Continue reading

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Wine at Winterthur: Samuel Francis DuPont, 19th-Century Wine Collector

In this post, Estate Historian Maggie Lidz continues her research into wine and the du Pont family. In the second half of the 19th century, the common drinks in America were spirits, cider, and beer. Although a domestic wine industry … Continue reading

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Wine at Winterthur: The First Generation of the du Ponts at Winterthur

By Maggie Lidz, Estate Historian In 1839, after two years abroad, Evelina du Pont and her husband, J. Antoine Bidermann, settled into residence at Winterthur, their newly acquired estate. The 350-acre Delaware farm was formerly owned and managed as a … Continue reading

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Twentieth-Century Wine at Winterthur

In preparation for what promises to be a fantastic exhibition on wine implements—Uncorked! by Senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass Leslie Grigsby—I have been researching the history of the wine cellar here at Winterthur. The museum’s founder, Henry Francis du … Continue reading

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