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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.

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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

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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.

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The Collection of Late Trust Member Bonnie O’Boyle Sold at Freeman’s

ON DECEMBER 10, FREEMAN’S AUCTION HOUSE offered a collection of fine and decorative art from the private collection of Bonnie O’Boyle, a philanthropist from Bucks County, PA, who was a loyal member of the Decorative Arts Trust. The single-owner sale highlighted Bonnie’s eclectic taste with works of Pennsylvania Impressionism, Modern and Contemporary Art, and 20th Century Design.

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MESDA Is on the Road Again!

THE FIELD RESEARCH PROGRAM initiated by the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) in the early 1970s was one of the first of its kind in the country. During an approximate fifteen year period…

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Transatlantic Connections Influencing Miami’s Wolfsonian

Wolfsonian founder Mitchell “Micky” Wolfson, Jr. Has long been interested in a simple question: what can art and objects tell us about modern life? With a collection that begins in 1850 during the Industrial Revolution and ends in 1950 following the conclusion of World War II, modernity at the Wolfsonian is in many ways defined by a relationship with industry and production.

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