Curious Objects & the stories behind them



COVERS 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
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



Family portrait: Zurbarán’s Jacob and His Twelve Sons at the Frick Collection

James Gardner

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