An American Vision - Henry Francis Du Pont's Winterthur Museum

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In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Henry Francis du Pont's Winterthur Museum, the National Gallery of Art presents selected masterpieces from this permanent collection of American decorative arts, on tour for the first time.

Approximately 300 examples of decorative arts made or used in America between 1640 and 1840 - including furniture, textiles, paintings, ceramics, glass, and metalwork - offers a stunning array of the vast riches of this remarkable museum. This...

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Overview

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Henry Francis du Pont's Winterthur Museum, the National Gallery of Art presents selected masterpieces from this permanent collection of American decorative arts, on tour for the first time.

Approximately 300 examples of decorative arts made or used in America between 1640 and 1840 - including furniture, textiles, paintings, ceramics, glass, and metalwork - offers a stunning array of the vast riches of this remarkable museum. This catalog, like the exhibition it accompanies, is divided into five sections: early America, high style rococo, East meets West, Pennsylvania German, and classical style.

Published in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

About the Author: Wendy Cooper is the Lois F. and Henry S. McNeil senior curator of furniture at the Winterthur Museum.

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Library Journal
Delaware's Winterthur Museum is home to one of the finest collections of American decorative art in the country. When Henry Francis du Pont inherited the family estate in 1927, he devoted his life to expanding the already sizable collection of art objects to its present size-over 85,000 pieces (which include furniture, metalwork, porcelain, paintings, textiles, and architectural artifacts). An exhibition catalog for a show organized in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, this volume highlights du Pont's most prized pieces. The book is divided into five main sections according to the distinct styles that constitute the collection-colonial, American chinoiserie, rococo, Pennsylvania German, and classical (Greek and Roman influence). Numerous monographs, including Jay E. Cantor's lavishly illustrated Winterthur, have been published about it, so why another? This book is recommended because it is well illustrated and well written, with a text that explains the acquisition history of each piece shown. And as senior curator of furniture at the Winterthur, the author is well qualified to describe its collections.-Margarete Gross, Chicago P.L. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
The catalog for an exhibition of American decorative arts from the Winterthur Museum on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, from May to October 2002. Interspersed with color photographs are essays on early settlement and sophistication, east meets west, a passion for rococo, the arts of the Pennsylvania Germans, and American classicism. Distributed by Ashgate Publishing Co. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780853318590
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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