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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

11.10.2010

Beyond the Polish

[Tea Caddy, Eoff and Shepherd, United States, New York City, (active about 1851 - 1861), maker Ball, Tompkins & Black, United States, New York City, (1839 - 1851) silver, circa 1851. Gift of Antiques and Allied Arts Association, Birmingham Museum of Art.]

The Birmingham Museum of Art puts a whole new spin on the line, Sweet Home Alabama. Although it may not be widely known beyond the region, the museum is home to 12,000 decorative arts objects including the finest collection of Wedgwood outside England, furniture of the Louis XIV, XV, and XVI periods, and the only known collection of early 19th-century European cast iron objects in the U.S. (I'll save the Asian jades for another day).

On Tuesday, November 16 at noon, Samantha Kelly, Curator of Education, and Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, PhD, Curator of Decorative Arts, will explore BMA's holdings from a fresh perspective. This free public event -- Beyond the Polish: Engaging with Decorative Arts -- is part of the museum's lunchtime Artbreaks series. Click here to learn more about the collections.

4 comments:

andrew1860 said...

I love Ball and Black coin silver I have few pieces by them.

Style Court said...

That's wonderful Andrew. I'm sure you enjoy them. Thanks for sharing.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Wish I were closer - the tea caddy is wonderful.

Emile de Bruijn said...

Great Rococo Revival tea caddy - you can just picture it in a a 1860s New York interior, ful of dark woodwork, over-stuffed furniture and potted palms :) (Thinking of the Terence Davies film version of The House of Mirth here, although that was set in 1890s New York of course)