The Way Forward for the Decorative Arts Market
BY TARYN CLARY
On March 26, the Decorative Arts Trust hosted the first panel discussion in a two-part series on the decorative arts market.
Trust Creates New Prize to Support Major Projects in the Arts
Nominations for the $100K Prize for Excellence and Innovation are due by March 31, 2020
Trust Announces Curatorial Internship and Failey Grants for 2020
The 2020 Curatorial Internship Grant recipient is the Concord Museum, and the 2020 Failey Grant recipient is the American Swedish Historical Museum.
Tributes to Retiring Governor Helen Scott Reed
Board Governor Helen Scott Reed was the primary driving force behind the creation of the Study Trip Abroad program and has led dozens of programs across Europe.
Digital Decorative Arts: Celebrating a New Consortium
by Sarah Parks and Catharine Dann Roeber
A BIEDERMEIER-STYLE TESTER BED made in Washington County, TX, in 1861. A Baltimore pier table. A Roxbury-type tall case clock made by Simon Willard. Once found only in museum rooms or private residences, these are just a few examples of objects found in furniture-focused online databases. The compilation and dissemination of decorative arts research increasingly uses digital tools to complement physical publications and exhibitions or to gather information that would otherwise be widely dispersed or hard to access.
Reinterpreting Mount Vernon’s Front Parlor
by ADAM T. ERBY
MOUNT VERNON’S FRONT PARLOR REOPENED to guests in February following a major two-year restoration guided by extensive new research. The project returned the room as nearly as possible to its appearance in 1799, the last year of George Washington’s life
Ledger of New Orleans Painter Joseph Benson Sheds Light on 1850s Building Materials
BY KATIE BURLISON
In November 2018, The Decorative Arts Trust awarded the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses (HGGHH) a grant for the conservation and digitization of a ledger that recorded the payments and deliveries of a variety of building materials in New Orleans dated 1849–1860.
The Trust to Receive the Wunsch Americana Award
On January 16, 2019, the Decorative Arts Trust will be added to a list of distinguished names in the field of American decorative arts as they are presented with the Eric M. Wunsch Award for Excellence in the American Arts at Christie’s.
Curatorial Internship and Failey Grants Awarded for 2019
THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE OF THE TRUST’S BOARD OF GOVERNORS received a bevy of compelling proposals this fall for the Curatorial Internship and Failey Grant programs. The following institutions were selected:
Christie’s Auctions Collection of Madeira Discovered in Basement of Historic House
THE HIGHLIGHT OF CHRISTIE’S Finest Wines and Spirits auction on December 7 was a collection of incredibly rare and historic Madeira consigned from the Liberty Hall Museum in Union, NJ. The story behind the Madeira’s discovery is as compelling as the rarity of the wine itself.