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BOSTON. The name brings to mind Beacon Hill, baked beans, and the Red Sox—but perhaps not antique furniture. Yet during its early history, Boston attracted many of the finest woodworking craftsmen in America. Perched on a strip of land jutting into Massachusetts Bay, the flourishing seaport depended on artisans to build ships, homes, and furniture...
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Selections from Winterthur’s superb collection of painted and decorated early American tinware are on display in our galleries (May 2013 – May 2014) and now are online for the first time. This pocket-sized exhibition highlights the origins of this specialized craft as well as artistic techniques for decorating and practices still in use today.
Virtually experience the Winterthur Galleries display that was unveiled in November 2012 to honor the promised gift of an important collection of Chinese export porcelain. Wares made in the 1700s and 1800s for consumers in Britain, America, and Continental Europe are featured as well as porcelain for Indian and other Islamic markets.
Winterthur’s major exhibition is available online in permanent form. Uncorked! presents a fascinating and incredibly broad range of wine-related materials—from wineglasses and cellarettes to song sheets and paintings—and, in total, includes more than 300 objects from the Winterthur collections and promised gifts.
View a Web cast featuring curator Linda Eaton discussing many of the items from this exhibition, which was composed of Winterthur collection objects and was on view at Winterthur October 4, 2008, to August 17, 2009. A PDF of the gallery guide also offers an in-depth look at exhibition highlights.
Winterthur joins the Transferware Collectors Club and Historic New England in making available the online exhibition Patriotic America. It serves as the definitive database of early English printed pottery with mid 19th-century images celebrating the new United States. The objects are drawn from a broad range of collections.
Launched in October 2010, this interactive exhibition is a comprehensive resource for the study of the printed designs of Spode ceramics, focusing on the blue printed patterns of Spode c. 1784–1833, the family history and business, and life in the Staffordshire Potteries of that period.