Collecting for the Future: Recent Additions to the Winterthur Collection
Coming in May 2017, First Floor Gallery
Visitors to Winterthur frequently ask if the museum continues to collect. The answer is yes! This exhibit features more than twenty objects acquired by the museum in the past six years, many on display for the first time, and highlights the breadth of Winterthur’s decorative arts collection. The new acquisitions featured include textiles, ceramics, metals, paintings, and furniture made between 1700 and 1975.
More than a simple show and tell, this exhibit also explores many of the reasons why new objects are acquired by Winterthur. For instance:
- The history of global exchange and commerce is explored through oversized Chinese export mugs created in Guangzhou (Canton) in China but decorated with a hand-drawn design sent from Sweden.
- The history of diversity in America is explored in the exhibition with objects such as a dressing bureau created by free African American craftsman Thomas Day (1800–1861).
- Modern items such as the needlework creations of Erica Wilson (1928–2011), “the Julia Child of Needlework,” become important teaching tools and aid Winterthur’s educational mission.
- Winterthur also collects altered objects with compelling histories, such as a quilt created in the early 1800s using a men’s cloak, supposedly captured from a British soldier during the Revolutionary War.
See the variety of new objects recently acquired by Winterthur in this exhibit and explore how each of them adds something new to the Winterthur collection for all to enjoy and learn from. The exhibition is curated by Nalleli Guillen, Sewell C. Biggs Curatorial Fellow.
Images (clockwise): Pair of oversized mugs owned by Isaac Gustav Clason, China, ca. 1792. Gift of Julie and the late Carl M. Lindberg 2014.29.1, .2; Quilt, possibly made by Myranda Codner Patterson (1808-1881), possibly Ohio, early 1800s. Museum purchase with funds provided by the Henry Francis du Pont Collectors Circle 2016.17; Hunca Munca, made by Erica Wilson, United States, 1972 or later. Gift of the family of Erica Wilson 2015.47.21a;
Dressing bureau, attributed to Thomas Day, Milton, North Carolina, ca. 1840. Museum purchase with funds provided by the Henry Francis du Pont Collectors Circle 2016.39