Curious Objects & the stories behind them



COVER: Detail of View of the Round-Top in the Catskill Mountains (Sunny Morning on the Hudson) by Thomas Cole, 1827. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, gift of Martha C. Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865; photograph © 2018 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Editor’s letter

Gregory Cerio

Critical thinking / Difficult issues

Bearing the weight: Sexist conventions in the decorative arts
Glenn Adamson

Current and coming

Talking Antiques

Exhibitors highlight their favorite offerings at the Winter Antiques Show

Farther afield

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Frances Brent

Personal space

Coup de foudre: Why I’m restoring an ancestor’s Louisiana home
Peter M. Wolf

New light

Cass Gilbert’s revisions to the Woolworth Building
Kevin D. Murphy

On books

A new monograph on Pre-Raphaelite stained glass, plus notable museum catalogues from the past year
Barrymore Laurence Scherer


Katherine Lanza


Eleanor H. Gustafson


The Natural

The natural

Augustus Saint-Gaudens at the Currier Museum of Art
Henry J. Duffy
Global Exchange

Global exchange

How the craftsmanship of two cultures met in Gorham’s “Japanese Work” silver
Spencer Gordon and Mark McHugh

Shadows and scissors

The life and work of Everet Howard, early American silhouette artist
Suzanne Rudnick Payne, Michael R. Payne, and Peggy McClard
Karat and Tick

Karat and tick

Form watches from the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
Janet Zapata and Anna Tobin D’Ambrosio

Family portrait

Zurbarán’s Jacob and His Twelve Sons at the Frick Collection
James Gardner
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Intelligent design

A look at the evolution of the decorative arts collections at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, as it provides the loan exhibition for the 2018 edition of the Winter Antiques Show
Susan J. Rawles

Re-examining Thomas Cole

A new exhibition explores the global career of one of America’s leading landscape painters
Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser

A copious bounty

Works by and about women in the Fielding Collection of Early American Art at the Huntington
Chad Alligood

The irrefutable freshness of Thomas Jayne

In his new book the master decorator displays the many original improvisations he has rung from historic models and classical principles
Elizabeth Pochoda

Never Done

Depictions of women at work from the National Portrait Gallery’s new exhibition on American labor
Dorothy Moss