The story of the rise of modern American design has long been told in the same way: first came the arts and crafts movement from Britain and art nouveau from the Continent in the 1890s. Then, in the mid-1920s, spurred by the Paris exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes, Americans embraced the distinctive forms of art moderne.
A passion for gadrooning and elaborately carved dolphins, lions, paws, and claws has led Betty Jo and Jerold Krouse to form a spirited collection of eighteenth-century masterworks and masterpieces in Natchez, Mississippi
The pairing of Victorian photographs with Pre-Raphaelite paintings at the National Gallery of Art puts their natural affinities on view.
An exceptionally rare survivor of pre-Revolutionary French style, the château de Montgeoffroy remains much as it was in the 1770s, right down to the tables, chairs, and copper pots—gracious, comfortable, and mad for chintz.