Meet the Field: Dana Melchar

One of the special features of a Decorative Arts Trust event—domestic or foreign—is the chance to learn from top experts in a variety of fields related to the decorative arts. While historically the Trust’s lectures and guides come from the curatorial end of the field, 2016 has seen new forays for the organization into the …

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The Isaiah Davenport House

Although Yorkshire and Winchester loom large on the calendar, here at the Trust we’re always looking ahead to future events. The schedule for our Spring 2017 Symposium to Savannah is rapidly being finalized before registration opens in October. One of the sites that has been on the agenda since this program was first envisioned is …

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Happy Retreat (c. 1780, 1837), home of Charles Washington

Happy Retreat: a Washington Family Home

“Historic home” is a catch-all term that often fails to adequately describe the complex life and development of a dwelling. As properties change hands, new owners modify the structures and sites to better suit their own needs or the dictates of fashion. Happy Retreat, one of the stops on the Trust’s Fall Symposium to Virginia’s …

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Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Nostell Priory in the Age of Chippendale

Although the Trust’s Fall 2016 Study Trip Abroad is subtitled “Yorkshire in the Age of Chippendale,” the 18th century was just as much the age of Adam, Paine, and Brown, all designers and craftsmen whose collaboration—and competition—were equally responsible for the golden age of the 18th-century country house. A combination of factors helped create the …

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Meet Emilio Ruiz Pérez

Working for the Decorative Arts Trust regularly puts us in contact with talented museum professionals around the globe, which we consider it a splendid fringe benefit of the job. When the opportunity came up for me to meet with Emilio Ruiz Pérez, a young museum curator from Cuba, it was both an exciting and significant …

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The Missing Treasures of Poland

On August 28, 2015, Polish Deputy Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski made the startling public announcement that ground penetrating radar images confirmed, with “99 percent probability,” that a 100-meter train was buried about 65 kilometers southwest of Wroclaw. Media outlets and treasure seekers around the world promptly went nuts. The official position of the Polish government …

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Winston-Salem and the North Carolina Piedmont

Winston-Salem and the surrounding Piedmont hold many attractions for lovers of the decorative arts: stellar collections at regional museums, the annual High Point Furniture Market, and a wealth of history dating back to before the American Revolution. For many Trust members, this symposium was a chance to revisit favorite institutions, such as the Museum of …

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A New Website for the Trust!

Although spring is programming season at the Trust (at one point by our count we were juggling plans for 11 different events), there has been a lot going on behind the scenes. Over Mother’s Day weekend, the result of several months of planning and design was unveiled: our new website! We couldn’t be more excited …

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