Posted 04/04/10

Furniture at Boscobel

Since reopening to the public in 1977, Boscobel has been synonymous with the display of the finest Federal furniture made in New York before 1820. This ambitious and elegant country mansion was built along the Hudson River in Montrose, New York, between 1804 and 1808.

Posted 04/01/10

Shearer Loyalism and Heritage

Thirty years of genealogical research have turned up scant documentary information about the elusive joiner John Shearer, so the fifty-two surviving pieces of furniture signed by or attributed to him are left to tell his story.

Posted 04/01/10

Dearly Beloved

On the verge of allowing his extensive collection of paintings of African Americans to tour for a year, John Surovek summons it home.

Posted 03/01/10

Glittering competition: the rivals of Faberge

To many collectors of nineteenth-century silver and objets de vertu, imperial Russia is the fount of Europe's most exotic work. And even for those who can only dream of its legacy de luxe, mention of Mother Russia immediately triggers thoughts of one name, Fabergé.

Posted 03/01/10

Libraries and the preservation of early photography

Much of the important photographic record of nineteenth-century life entered libraries through books with original prints and has thus survived almost by accident.

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