Tag Archives: Winterthur Galleries

Hanging in the Balance

As creator of the dollhouse that will go on display November 19 at Winterthur, Nancy McDaniel sought perfection in every detail, down to the miniature wall decor. Among the 128 tiny pieces positioned on the walls are watercolor and oil … Continue reading

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Not Your Average Cleaning

  Faced with the challenge of washing 42 windows one might think it would take at least a team of people a whole day to accomplish this task, but not when you have us on the job! Especially if those … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Thrones

The quality of the materials and the effort that has gone into Nancy McDaniel’s dollhouse are unquestionably noteworthy, but perhaps the most delightful quality of the house are the stories that accompany it. This is one of our favorite stories. … Continue reading

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A Doll “Mansion”

Often the first reaction upon seeing Nancy McDaniel’s dollhouse is a gasp. It is a 6-foot-by-3-foot, slate- roofed, fully electrified dollhouse inspired by Queen Mary’s dollhouse in England, it was left to Winterthur when Nancy McDaniel passed away recently. We … 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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The Beauty of It All! Antiques Take Center Stage at the Winter Antiques Show

    The 61st Annual Winter Antiques Show kicked off on January 23. The show at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City showcases 73 renowned exhibitors specializing in Americana, English, European, and Asian fine and decorative arts, from … Continue reading

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Yuletide Meets Downton Abbey

“We lived in four places every year, according to a clockwork schedule. New York; Southampton, on Long Island; [and] Florida’s west coast. But the anchor, the basis of everything, was Winterthur.” – Ruth du Pont Lord, daughter of Henry Francis du Pont … Continue reading

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Philadelphia Furniture Takes Center Stage

Solid joinery and turning, elaborate rococo carving, and handsome woods are hallmarks of the finest early American furniture from Philadelphia. In collaboration with the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Winterthur’s annual Sewell C. Biggs Furniture … Continue reading

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The Sun Is Rising Over Costumes of Downton Abbey

The timing couldn’t be more perfect. The sun has just set on the fourth season of Downton Abbey® (the finale aired last weekend), and this weekend on March 1, the widely anticipated exhibition Costumes of Downton Abbey will open here in the Galleries at … Continue reading

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