Sideboard, New York, 1795-1805, and urn shaped knife boxes, England, 1790-1800, Bequest of Henry Francis du Pont, 1957.85 and 1957.853; tankards, Paul Revere, Boston, 1772, Gift of Henry Francis du Pont, 1957.859
An American Vision: Treasures from the Winterthur Museum
through April 6, 2008
Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, located near Wilmington, Delaware, was founded in 1951 by the great American collector Henry Francis du Pont. du Pont distinguished himself as an astute connoisseur and collector of American fine and decorative arts. By acquiring many of the finest and rarest items made or used in America between 1640 and 1860, he chronicled American history through the objects Americans owned. Although du Pont's collecting was by his own admission driven by personal interests, he recognized the importance of building a representative collection, which today comprises over 85,000 works. This exhibition presents du Pont's preferences—the greatest strengths of Winterthur's collections—in both thematic and chronological groupings: Early Settlement and Sophistication, A Passion for Rococo, East Meets West, The Arts of the Pennsylvania Germans, and American Classicism.
For more information please visit: The Worcester Museum of Art