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

10.13.2013

Natural History

[Photo by Courtney Barnes]
[Workshop of Bernard Palissy, French, 1510-1590, Nine Frogs from a Fountain, glazed terracotta circa 1550-1610. Musée du Louvre, Paris, © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY.]

Orderly rows of boxed holly trees have been brought in to fill the High's piazza and now anticipation is really building for The Art of the Louvre's Tuileries Garden, opening November 3. Throughout the exhibition, photography from Henri Cartier-Bresson and scenic works by French Impressionists will convey how Paris' public garden historically inspired artists. Sculpture and ceramics will be on view too, including a contribution from 16th century French potter and naturalist Bernard Palissy. Back when the garden was the private domain of Catherine de' Médicis, the queen commissioned Palissy to make her a grotto. The potter's signature rustic pieces, like this brilliant green cast-from-life frog, added to the fantasy.

[Image via Winterthur]

One of the most beautiful gardens on this side of the Atlantic is at Winterthur, the museum of American decorative arts ensconced in 1,000 woody acres laid out by founder Henry Francis du Pont. Thursday night, October 17, at the Royal Oak Foundation's Timeless Design Gala in New York, Winterthur will be honored for its work conserving and championing America's design heritage.

[Winterthur has an outstanding glass collection. These circa 1815-1835 bottles were made in Ohio or Pennsylvania.]

As part of this annual benefit for Royal Oak's scholarship fund, a special auction lot up for bid is the Private Collector’s Weekend at Winterthur. Created for a group of four, this lot includes a day behind the scenes with senior curators and gardeners as well as opportunities to peek at pieces not typically on view.

[Silkwork picture by Sarah Wistar Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1752. Winterthur.]

[Downton images via...]

If the winning bidder turns out to be a textile enthusiast, items to chat about might include Winterthur's American needlework or the clothes en route to the museum for the 2014 exhibition, Costumes of Downton Abbey®. Apart from offering gorgeous embroidery and rarefied fabrics, this show will explore Downton-esque country life on both sides of the pond.

BTW, expected Gala attendees are Margaret Russell, Charlotte MossKelly Weastler and many other design industry luminaries. Find details here.

Related past post: Paula Deitz's upcoming visit to Atlanta.

2 comments:

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Oddly enough I've never been to Winterthur (at least not yet!) and now I'll have to wait to go for the Downton exhibit -fabulous!

Style Court said...

Great that you're so close, Stefan! I'm sure you'll enjoy it.