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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The Allure of Ocean Liners: Decorative Arts Afloat

Outside of his work at the Decorative Arts Trust, Membership Coordinator Christian Roden writes and lectures on the topic of ocean liners. His first publication, “Henry Dreyfuss Designs the Postwar Ocean Liner” will appear in the upcoming issue of the Winterthur Portfolio. While his interests also encompass the technological, political, and economic influences exerted to …

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A Preview of Reynolda House

Although the primary base of operations for the Trust’s Spring Symposium in Winston-Salem will be the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, our Friday schedule will highlight the city’s twentieth-century heritage. The Friday lectures and an afternoon tour will be hosted at the mother of the local country estate movement, Reynolda House. This will not …

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Meet the Trust: Forbes and Sara Maner

Trust members Forbes and Sara Maner would not call themselves “collectors.”. They say they live with family hand-me-downs and have “bought some used furniture we like.” This assertion belies their serious interest in the decorative arts. They’re heavily involved with Winterthur Museum, where Forbes is on the board as well as the Executive Committee for …

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