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Discoveries from the Field: MESDA's Barber Family Desk and Bookcase
Spring 2008
In June 1960, Frank Horton, founder of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, purchased an elegant desk and bookcase for his growing collection.
Discoveries: A Forum that Highlights Important Finds, Significant Objects, New Research, and Museum Acquisitions
Autumn/Winter 2007
Most unsigned paintings never get authenticated with concrete evidence. Such was not the fate for this work by Hudson River artist William M. Hart. For sixteen years this outstanding landscape eluded identification by those familiar with it. Over the year
Discoveries: A Forum that Highlights Important Finds, Significant Objects, New Research, and Museum Acquisitions
Summer/Autumn 2007
This dramatic centerpiece was originally created for display at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. Though orders could be placed with various styles of ornamentation, this Tiffany and Co. swan may be the only example in existence. Decorated..
Discovery: “Fully Elastic Armchair”
Summer 2007
Samuel Gragg's elastic chair is an icon of bentwood furniture design. Curving both vertically and horizontally, the design conforms to the shape of the human body. Undoubtedly, Gragg's training as a Windsor chairmaker, and possibly his exposure to ship
Discovery: John Archibald Woodside, Sr. (1781-1852) Patriotic Watercolor
Spring 2007
John Woodside was considered the best sign and decorative painter in Federal Philadelphia; his work possibly influenced folk artist Edward Hicks (1780-1849). Most of Woodside's pieces are unsigned. In this image, Woodside's name is signed on a rock in...
Discovery: Richard Clague (Southern, 1821-1872)
7th Anniversary
Referred to as the "the father of southern landscape painting," Richard Clague brought the academic traditions of Geneva and Paris to Louisiana. Trained abroad, his debt was to Theodore Rousseau and the Barbizon school. In 1862 he opened a studio in...
Discovery: Simon Willard Family Record and Memorial
Aug-Sept 2006
This watercolor memorial illustrates the family of celebrated clockmaker Simon Willard (1753–-1848) of Roxbury, Massachusetts. Perhaps the best known of all American clockmakers, Willard was an innovator who changed the course of clock making with a...
Discovery: William Harnett (Irish-American, 1848-1892), A Royal Dessert
Aug-Sept 2006
Until recently, the whereabouts of this painting was unknown. Having survived a fire in 2001 in the Peterborough, NH, home of a family who had owned it for the past sixty years, it was donated to the Currier and the Harris Center in Hancock, NH; ...
The Wing Famiy Canvaswork Embroidery
Spring 2005
Early New England needlework is seldom found, especially in such pristine condition; this piece even...
Beaker Vase
Spring 2004
American homes and were generally placed for display on fireplace mantels. George Washington owned a set of Chinese porcelain blue and white garniture vases with gilt decoration, which included
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