Antiques Forum Speakers Lecture about Winterthur, C.A. Haun, and Drayton Hall

Mar 3, 2023

The Decorative Arts Trust’s gratitude goes out, once again, to Carolyn and Michael McNamara, who are committed to sharing emerging scholars’ new research through the Young Scholars Lectures at Colonial Williamsburg’s annual Antiques Forum

The format this year was a bit different from past programs, as the session featured two emerging scholars and one young professional who “emerged” many years ago and is a past beneficiary of the Trust’s Emerging Scholars Program

Katrina Reynolds, a Lois F. McNeil Fellow in the Winterthur to in American Material Culture, shared research on a cape-like collar in Winterthur’s collection during her lecture, Rediscovering the Formula: Interpreting a Stenciled Pelerine in the Winterthur Collection

Riley K. Richards, also a Lois F. McNeil Fellow at Winterthur, lectured about 19th-century Tennessee potter Christopher A. Haun. Her talk, Made for Use: Examining the Pottery of C.A. Haun, taught us more about this complex artist’s life and work. Riley received a Research Grant from the Trust to assist with her investigation of Haun, which will be featured in an article in this summer’s edition of The Magazine of the Decorative Arts Trust

Patricia A. Smith, Director of Preservation at Drayton Hall Preservation Trust, closed the program with her “emerged scholar lecture,” Proud to Catch Cold at a Venetian Door: Andrea Palladio’s Villas and the Design of Drayton Hall. Trish, who received a scholarship to attend the Trust’s 2017 Study Trip Abroad to Venice and the Veneto, has investigated the impact of Palladio’s architectural theories and designs on the broader Atlantic world. Drayton Hall is considered the preeminent example to Palladian architecture in the Americas. 

Following the Carolyn and Michael McNamara Young Scholars Series sponsored by the Decorative Arts Trust, the Trust invited Forum participants to a celebratory reception. The Forum has been a staple of decorative arts enthusiasts’ calendars for 75 years. That accomplishment truly deserves a toast! 

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