[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.