Author: Sara Long

Falconet’s Sculpture in Marble, Porcelain, and Sugar

by Alicia Caticha

My research on 18th-century French sculptor Étienne-Maurice Falconet (1716-1791) traces the emulation, replication, and commercialization of his work in marble, porcelain, and sugar. With the support of a Decorative Arts Trust Summer Research Grant, I was able to study the materiality of these three media, reconciling and weaving together the physical properties of the materials and the historical and political connotations of their unifying characteristic: whiteness.

At the Archive National de Sèvres in Paris, France, I focused on the materiality of soft-paste porcelain, which Sèvres used to reproduce Falconet’s marbles during his tenure as the director of their sculpture atelier. A larger narrative emerged concerning the European-wide “arms race” to discover kaolin, the secret ingredient of Chinese and Japanese porcelain. When the Germans discovered kaolin clay deposits in Saxony (where the widely successful Meissen porcelain manufactory would be founded shortly thereafter), the French found themselves in a peculiar position. They were no longer the leading arbiters of taste in this domain of the arts! In response, Sèvres hired the chemist Jean Hellot to perfect French soft-paste porcelain. 

I studied Hellot’s meticulous records documenting his attempts to mimic the crystalline whiteness of hard-paste porcelain. He experimented with ingredients such as viniagre blanc d’orleans and blanc d’espagne, a vinegar and a white lead pigment often used in 18th-century cosmetics. He even tested burning different types of wood in the kilns, hoping that less smoke would help prevent yellowing, a common defect of French soft-paste porcelain. 

By 1751, Hellot was satisfied with his progress, declaring in his notebooks that his soft-paste recipe produced porcelain that was “infinitely superior, with its perfect whiteness, than all the [other] companies of Europe.”1 That Hellot would make such a bold statement when soft-paste porcelain still remained inferior in terms of its durability—over 50% of Sèvres porcelain was lost during the firing process—speaks to the aesthetic value placed on its whiteness. 

While this interest in whiteness was in large part due to competition with hard-paste porcelain, porcelainiers in France were also motivated by the burgeoning market for porcelain figurines as replacements for outrageously expensive sugar sculptures—made from highly refined white sugar paste—that decorated the dining tables of the elite. My research on this ephemeral sculptural practice took me to the Bowes Museum in Durham, England, which houses the preeminent collection of 18th- and 19th-century sugar sculpture molds. I was able to examine the molds in person, including one with Marie Antoinette’s coat of arms! These intricately carved wooden molds revealed masterful craftsmanship and highlighted an understudied métier for decorative sculptors. Signatures on these molds identify guild specialists who were able to make a living exclusively carving these molds.

I am grateful for the generous and timely support of the Decorative Arts Trust, without which I would not have been able to make these two foundational research trips to support my doctoral studies in Art and Architectural History at the University of Virginia

The Decorative Arts Trusts offers grants and scholarships for young researchers as part of the Emerging Scholars Program. To support emerging scholars, please consider becoming a member of the Trust

1 Translation is the author’s own. Archives de Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres, Carton 71, 1.

Travel Without Traveling: Books That Take You Away

While the Decorative Arts Trust’s travel plans are on hold for the spring, our members can still capture the adventure of journeying to new and exciting locations. Try picking up these captivating books to take you away to some of our favorite sites. With bookstores and libraries closed, consider an online order or obtaining audiobooks or e-book versions. Many libraries offer recorded books and digital books for free with a library card, and the Internet Archive houses millions of e-books. 

The Lady in Gold

The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer
by Anne-Marie O’Connor
(Knopf, 2012) 

This riveting story set in Vienna takes us back to the Trust’s Prague & Vienna Study Trip Abroad in 2018. O’Connor’s spellbinding tale traces artist Gustav Klimt’s 1907 portrait of Jewish socialite Adele Bloch-Bauer, the painting’s confiscation by the Nazis, a decade-long litigation between the Austrian government and the Bloch-Bauer heirs, and how the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision had profound ramifications in the art world. For more of this story, see the historical documentary Stealing Klimt, which was released in 2007, and the film Woman in Gold, which was released in 2015. 

The Hare With Amber Eyes

The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family’s Century of Art and Loss
by Edmund de Waal 
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010)

Also reminiscent of the Trust’s journey to Vienna is this memoir of world-famous ceramicist Edmund de Waal as he investigates an inherited collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings called netsuke. Through these objects, de Waal discovers the history of his family, the Ephrussis, a 19th-century banking dynasty in Paris and Vienna that lost their fortune by the end of World War II. 

The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter
(Center Street, 2009) 

Focusing on the 11-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, and art historians called the Momuments Men and their mission to save the world’s great art from the Nazis. The book reminds the Trust of many of our travels through Europe, visiting the top museums and historical sites. During World War II, Hitler catalogued art he planned to collect as well as “degenerate” works he planned to destroy. In a race against time, the Monuments Men risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture. The film The Monuments Men, based on the book, hit the big screen in 2014. 

Castles in the Air

Castles in the Air: The Restoration Adventures of Two Young Optimists and a Crumbling Old Mansion
by Judy Corbett
(Ebury Press, 2005)

Castles in the Air is the autobiographical tale of Corbett and her husband Peter Welford rescuing 500-year-old Gwydir Castle. When the couple encountered the mansion in the foothills of Snowdonia, the structure was inhabited by rats, toads, strange smells, and squatters. The passion for place and historical details of the book harken us back to the Wales & the Welsh Marches Study Trip Abroad in 2019. 

Girl With a Pearl Earring

Girl with a Pearl Earring
by Tracy Chevalier
(Dutton Adult, 2000) 

The story of Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer and his model Greit reminds us of the Trust’s recent Study Trip Abroad An Embarrassment of Riches: Tracing the Dutch Golden Age in Amsterdam & Maastricht’s TEFAF. A Girl with a Pearl Earring film based on the novel was produced in 2004. Chevalier followed this novel with The Lady and the Unicorn, a text chronicling a set of bewitching medieval tapestries that hangs in the Cluny Museum in Paris. 

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
by John Berendt
(Random House, 1994) 

Savannah, GA, comes to life in this true-crime book with a twisting plot and a motley group of quirky characters. The book lets us travel back to our Savannah: Low Country Sophistication Symposium in 2017, when we visited many of the sites mentioned in the story. A shooting in one of Savannah’s grand mansions reverberates throughout the hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. Brilliantly written, this engaging portrait of a beguiling Southern city has become a modern classic. Following this novel, Berendt turned to the city of Venice as his inspiration for The City of Falling Angels

The Decorative Arts Trust loves books, as you can see from recent reviews of books about curious objects and their collectors from The Magazine of the Decorative Arts Trust

In fact, the Decorative Arts Trust chooses a summer reading book each year to send as a benefit to members at the Patron level and above. Recipients are encouraged to enjoy the gift and discuss their reactions with other members. The 2019 summer reading selection was The Power of Objects in Eighteenth-Century British America by Jennifer Van Horn. 

Can you recommend any other decorative arts or travel books for fellow readers?  If so, feel free to leave suggestions in the comments. 

Fulling “Country Cloth” in the Early Republic

Eliza West, an independent scholar from Richmond, VT, was a Carolyn and Michael McNamara Young Scholar Lecturer at Colonial Williamsburg’s 72nd Annual Antiques Forum in February 2020, an opportunity sponsored by the Decorative Arts Trust. As part of her thesis research in the University of Delaware’s Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, West investigated the process of “fulling” wool for different types of 18th-century garments in her presentation Keeping it Close to Home: Fulling “Country Cloth” in the Early Republic

Enjoy this recording of West’s lecture on our YouTube channel

Read this Antiques Forum blog post for more information about the 2020 event, and visit the Decorative Arts Trust website for more information about emerging scholar lecture grants. The Decorative Arts Trust has many other initiatives supporting Emerging Scholars. For updates, sign up for the Trust’s e-newsletter or follow us on social media

John Wentworth and 18th-Century New Hampshire Design

by Steven McNeil

A Decorative Arts Trust Summer Research Grant supported research for my doctoral thesis examining the residences built for the Governors of Canada’s Maritime Provinces during the early 19th century. I have focused on the objects that were commissioned for and installed within these residences, as well as the design and use of the interior spaces of the residences. My thesis argues that these residences were both important centers of artistic patronage and sites through which Governors could cultivate identities through material objects. 

The earliest and most elaborate of these residences was built at Halifax, Nova Scotia, between 1800 and 1808, under the direction of Sir John Wentworth (1737-1820), Governor of Nova Scotia from 1792 to 1808. Wentworth previously served as the last Royal Governor of New Hampshire from 1767 to 1775. A crucial part of my research included learning as much as possible about the spaces and objects Wentworth surrounded himself with in New Hampshire. The grant from the Decorative Arts Trust allowed me to visit multiple sites and collections throughout New Hampshire to view first-hand the material evidence of Wentworth’s tenure as the last Royal Governor of New Hampshire.  

In Hanover, I went to the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College to view the pastel portrait of John Wentworth by Copley and an amazing silver Monteith donated by Wentworth to Dartmouth’s first President.  

In Concord, I visited the New Hampshire State Archives where I was able to consult original 18th-century inventories of the grand house Wentworth built at Wolfeboro, NH. I visited the New Hampshire Historical Society, also in Concord, to see a range of objects, including silver and porcelain, that once belonged to Wentworth and his wife, Frances Deering Wentworth. An ivory miniature portrait depicts the Wentworths’ son, Charles Mary Wentworth. An 18th-century sign once hung outside the Wolfe Tavern, owned by a Wentworth family member and used as a rest stop during trips between the Wentworth houses in Portsmouth and Wolfeboro. The NHHS owns a number of portraits commissioned by Governor Benning Wentworth (John Wentworth’s uncle). 

In Portsmouth, I visited the Portsmouth Athenaeum, where I was able to study the library of 18th-century architectural books that belonged to John Wentworth’s brother-in-law, John Fisher, and were hugely important to Wentworth’s architectural patronage. At the Moffatt-Ladd House, also in Portsmouth, I was able to view and study first-hand an amazing set of Chinoiserie furniture that was once owned by the Wentworth family; to visit the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion that was occupied by John Wentworth’s aforementioned uncle, Governor Benning Wentworth, and to visit the John Wentworth House (now a private retirement home), where one room has retained original flock damask wallpaper installed during his occupancy. 

The trip was absolutely amazing and allowed me to see many objects and historic interiors that have proved crucial to my doctoral research in the Art History program at Queen’s University, Kingston, in Ontario, Canada, and most importantly, to see and learn from objects first hand.  

The Decorative Arts Trusts offers grants, scholarships, and many more opportunities for young researchers and curators as part of the Emerging Scholars Program. To support this program, consider becoming a member of the Trust.

Studying Southern Ceramics from Newcomb Pottery and Lycett Studios

by Elyse D. Gerstenecker

A Marie Zimmermann Summer Research Grant allowed me to travel to several collections and archives in Louisiana and Georgia essential to my PhD dissertation in the University of Virginia’s Art & Architectural History department. 

Titled “In Some Way Southern: Lycett Studios, Newcomb Pottery, and Design in the New South, 1883-1910,” this dissertation resituates these stylistically divergent ceramic producers within the dynamic context of the post-Reconstruction South. Probing their chosen design vocabularies and their emulation of ceramic and artistic production in the Northeast, my research asserts that the manufacturers’ production signals emerging Southern identities to their consumers and can potentially be viewed as expressions of competing cultural hegemonies.

The Newcomb Art Museum at Tulane University proved a fruitful starting point for surveying Newcomb Pottery’s ceramic production from 1895 to 1910. I examined a wide range of forms, including several early works. Particularly significant is a porcelain Limoges plate painted in 1895 that evinces the similarities between Newcomb’s artistic practices and those of Lycett. Close analysis directed my attention to details such as the body’s thickness and the ornament’s textural finishes. Several of the objects retain their original labels, which, in my view, signify both their status as art objects and their depiction of “exotic” subjects in need of translation to the viewer.

This research has also afforded further consideration of the design languages in which Newcomb Pottery participated. For example, the designs’ linearity, saturation of color, and high-gloss glaze suggest strong aesthetic relationships to contemporaneous stained glass and graphic design that were also influenced by japonisme.

Archival research was equally productive. Tulane’s University Archives contained numerous illuminating period articles on the Pottery, but most important for this dissertation are the pamphlets from the Pottery’s early period that promote a narrative of the products as particularly “Southern” and unique.

I then traveled to Georgia to examine painted china from the Lycett Studios, as well as to delve into local archival materials. At the Atlanta History Center, I studied Lycett’s famed “white and gold” ware (ornament and monograms painted in gold on white porcelain) to ascertain the range of porcelain forms that Lycett imported and modes of gilt ornament. I also viewed several examples of specialty work. Tracing the Lycett Studios’ company history and local advertisements has led me to question some of the prevailing assumptions about the company’s structure.

In Athens, GA, I analyzed a group of showpiece Lycett china at the Georgia Museum of Art and met with Dale Couch, Curator of Decorative Arts, to discuss the project. Seeing Lycett china in person prompted and renewed questions about the relationship, or lack thereof, between form and ornament on the objects, the continued regional popularity of European porcelain from the Antebellum period, the scale of monograms and their relationship to familial heritage, and the significance of gilding. 

Because my dissertation relies upon close object analysis, the grant from the Decorative Arts Trust and the Marie and John Zimmermann Fund was critical to my progress.

The Decorative Arts Trusts offers grants, scholarships, and many more opportunities for young researchers and curators as part of the Emerging Scholars Program. To support this program, consider becoming a member of the Trust. 

Visit Museums from Home: 19 Virtual Tours of Famous Collections

We travel and culture buffs aren’t good in a quarantine. We itch to get out to experience exceptional objects and breathtaking spaces in person. Luckily, many museums have teamed with Google Arts & Culture to create virtual tours of their collections. The Decorative Arts Trust hopes these online tours assuage your cabin fever and melt away the stresses of the world for a few moments. If you are new to Google’s 360˚ Street View panoramic tours, simply open the link and use your cursor or the arrow to move through rooms. Look for an “x” and click on it to move to that spot. There is even a Google Arts & Culture app

Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum

Berlin: Altes Museum, Staatliche Museen Zu Berlin

Berlin: Pergamonmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago 

Florence: Uffizi Gallery 

Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Bayou Bend First Floor, Bayou Bend Second Floor, Rienzi First Floor

Kansas City: The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

Kraków: The National Museum, The Matejko House, The Józef Mehoffer House 

London: Tate Britain 

Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum

Mexico City: Museo Nacional de Antropología, México (National Museum of Anthropology)

Mumbai: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum

New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

Paris: The Louvre (Adobe flash player required)

Paris: Musée d’Orsay

St. Petersburg: The State Hermitage Museum 

Vienna: Albertina 

There are many more museum virtual tours on Google Arts & Culture as well as on individual organizations’ websites. Google also offers a number of virtual tours of heritage site and landmarks. For a different kind of virtual tour, check out this British Museum collection timeline tour. We hope these digital experiences provide you with some enjoyment, relaxation, and edification!

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Lecture Recordings for 2020 NYC Emerging Scholars Colloquium Now Available

A sold-out audience enjoyed the fourth annual Emerging Scholars Colloquium in New York on January 26, 2020. Hosted in conjunction with the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and sponsored in part by the Wunsch Americana Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. Donald B. Ayres, III, the Colloquium was held at the lovely George F. Baker Carriage House. 

Attendees were inspired by the recent research presented that day, and the Decorative Arts Trust is delighted to share these recordings: 

Edgefield Stoneware in The Met’s American Wing

Katherine C. Hughes, Peggy N. Gerry Research Scholar, The American Wing, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Eameses and The Case Study House Program: Introducing Scandinavian Design to Mid-Century America

Rachel Pool Fillhouer, History of Design and Curatorial Studies, Parsons School of Design and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

A Tale of Two Families: An Engraved Tea Service in Antebellum Augusta, Georgia

Kayli Rideout, American Studies, Boston University

If you enjoy these recordings, please check out our YouTube channel to view more content.

Read more about this program in the 2020 Emerging Scholars Colloquium blog post. View our online calendar of events to learn more about the Emerging Scholars Colloquium in New York and New York Antiques Weekend. Also see our Emerging Scholars Program information to learn how to support or apply for grants, internships, and awards from the Decorative Arts Trust. For the latest news and updates, sign up for our e-newsletter or follow us on social media

Blanche Lazzell, Patty Willis, and American Modernist Design

by Alison Printz 

A Decorative Arts Summer Research Grant supported by the Center for American Art allowed me to make concrete connections that constitute the basis for a chapter of my dissertation on Modern Appalachian Art. This research created an opportunity to expand conversations of regionalisms in American Art to include the Appalachian region. 

Thanks to the grant, I studied American modernist works by Blanche Lazzell at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), The Art Museum at West Virginia University (WVU), and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Additionally, I studied the work of Patty Willis, a contemporary and friend of Lazzell, who worked in similar mediums and locations.

Lazzell spent much of her life traveling between her home in West Virginia and Provincetown, MA, New York, NY, and Pittsburgh, PA, but remained informed by her heritage. I was first struck by Lazzell’s work when I encountered Zinnias, a woodcut from 1920, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. After examining Appalachian images in my doctoral studies at the Tyler School of Art, Lazzell quickly became a prime example of regionalism through her Provincetown print method and paintings, combining sleek design elements with rustic botanical depictions specific to Appalachia. I viewed Zinnias in conjunction with several other works created for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s, including The Blue Jug from 1937, and was able to see her methods continue as her career developed. 

Through my research in the MoMA archives, I discovered that Lazzell was involved in a large show of WPA works in 1936, New Horizons in American Art, curated by Holger Cahill, who was the national director of the WPA. I was able to view the show’s catalog and curatorial files. 

In Morgantown, WV, I met with Bob Bridges, the director of the Art Museum of WVU and one of the authors of Lazzell’s catalog raisonné. WVU holds the largest public collection of Lazzell’s work, and I was able to view several prints and paintings, including her 1934 mural, Justice, for the county courthouse in Morgantown. Although working within the confines of a government-funded, large-scale project, Lazzell incorporated Cubist elements and stayed true to her artistic style. 

I focused on the work of Lazzell’s contemporary, Patty Willis, in Jefferson County, WV, cataloging her large collection of work in tandem with her estate. Willis shared training abroad with French artists Fernand Legér and Albert Gleizes, contributing to their Cubist variants in design. In preparation for an upcoming show at WVU, I attempted to make connections between Willis and Lazzell through both craft and fine art, and, fortunately, they share many. 

This Summer Research Grant allowed me to explore connections in design, Cubism, and Appalachian Regionalism through the works of Blanche Lazzell and Patty Willis. Their careers were informed by American Art and the transnational exchange with Europe but remained true to the regional aesthetic of their West Virginia roots.

Scholars Speak About Daniel Clay Furniture, Face Vessels, and Fulling Cloth at 2020 Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum

One of the highlights of the year in the decorative arts field is the Annual Antiques Forum hosted each February at Colonial Williamsburg.

During the 72nd Annual Antiques Forum, Decorative Arts Trust staff, as well as 150 of our members, enjoyed catching up with colleagues and meeting new enthusiasts in curatorial, research, design, and appraisal roles. 

Forum participants especially appreciated the Carolyn and Michael McNamara Young Scholar Lectures (sponsored by the Decorative Arts Trust) on Monday, February 24. Colonial Williamsburg Deputy Chief Curator (and Trust Governor) Margaret Beck Pritchard presided over the session, introducing the audience to the Trust’s Emerging Scholars Program and the new Decorative Arts Trust Prize for Excellence and Innovation

Sarah Bryan, Daniel Sousa, and Eliza West speak at the 2020 Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum
Sarah Bryan, Daniel Sousa, and Eliza West speak at the 2020 Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum

The lectures began with Eliza West, an independent scholar from Richmond, VT, presenting Keeping it Close to Home: Fulling “Country Cloth” in the Early Republic. She studied colonial documentation and images to investigate the process of fulling wool for women’s garments (such as petticoats) and men’s garments (such as jackets). By working with expert craftspeople and using the scientific method and her parents’ washing machine, Eliza was able to recreate texture and shrinkage comparable to 18th-century records. She brought samples of the original woven wool cloth and two treatments of the “fulled” wool for Forum audiences to see up-close. 

North Carolina Folklife Institute Executive Director Sarah Bryan spoke about John Bull, Esquire: Reconsidering the Origins of a Southern Face Vessel. She shared her research into determining the maker of a face vessel with the words “John Bull, Esqr.” incised. The jug resembles several other face vessels but not precisely enough to definitively attribute it to one potter or pottery. The fact that “John Bull” was a personification of Great Britain and that this vessel is missing a protruding tongue further add interest and mystery to this distinctive object. 

Daniel Sousa, Assistant Curator at Historic Deerfield in Massachusetts, lectured on “Keeping it in the Family”: The Furniture of Daniel Clay, 1795-1829. He analyzed furniture passed down through generations of a family to gain an invaluable understanding into how objects were used in homes over the centuries. 

The presentations were followed by a lively reception where Trust members mingled with the speakers, staff, and other attendees passionate about the decorative arts and material culture. 

Other highlights of the 2020 Antiques Forum included visiting the expansive new Art Museum galleries, learning about the Carter House restoration, and interacting with the Custis Square archaeological investigation. Colonial Williamsburg announced that a group of donors created an endowment for the position of curators of maps and prints, which will be named in honor of the aforementioned Margaret Pritchard. Also, Decorative Arts Trust Executive Director Matthew A. Thurlow was pleased to present a lecture to the Vintage Ladies of Williamsburg on the country houses of Yorkshire. 

The Decorative Arts Trust has many other initiatives supporting Emerging Scholars and educational travel programs about the decorative arts. For updates, sign up for the Trust’s e-newsletter or follow us on social media

Erica Lome Named Concord Museum Curatorial Associate as Part of Decorative Arts Trust Curatorial Internship Grant

The Concord Museum and the Decorative Arts Trust are pleased to announce that Erica Lome will be joining the Museum’s curatorial staff as part of a two-year Curatorial Internship Grant funded by the Decorative Arts Trust. 

As part of the New Museum Experience, the Concord Museum is implementing a 16-month initiative to redesign, fabricate, and install 14 new galleries. As Curatorial Associate, Erica will be involved in this exciting undertaking and will assist with collections research, writing and editing text, installation, maintaining project schedules and analyzing visitor experience.

“The Museum is honored to have been chosen by the Decorative Arts Trust for this prestigious two-year grant that will bring Erica to Concord to assist us in our dramatic re-design of our permanent galleries,” stated Tom Putnam, Edward W. Kane Executive Director.

Erica Lome cataloging and photographing New England furniture for the Boston Furniture Archive

Erica has worked at Winterthur Museum’s Boston Furniture Archive; Nemours; and the New York Historical Society. She is currently completing her doctorate at the University of Delaware. Her dissertation “Heirlooms of Tomorrow: Consuming American Reproduction Furniture, 1890-1945” explores the reproduction furniture trade during the Colonial Revival. She earned her undergraduate degree in Art History and Master of Arts in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture at Bard. She is also the recipient of a Summer Research Grant from the Decorative Arts Trust and has written a number of articles for academic and antique journals. Her article, “The Many Reproductions of Elder Brewster’s Chair,” was featured in the Winter 2019-2020 issue of The Magazine of The Decorative Arts Trust, and she will serve as the John A.H. Sweeney Emerging Scholar Lecturer in the Trust’s upcoming symposium in Kentucky, where she will lecture on the African American craftsman Milton Paul. 

The Decorative Arts Trust is passionate about helping to create opportunities for up-and-coming curators through the Emerging Scholars Program. The Program is supported by Trust members and donors. For updates on application deadlines and other news, sign up for the e-newsletter and follow the Trust on social media

Concord Museum image by Chuck Choi