May 20, 2009 | In our article "Sarah DeHart, Early American Silhouettist" in the September 2008 issue of The Magazine ANTIQUES, we discussed at length a large collage of silhouettes and word puzzles made by DeHart that is in the collection of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms of the United States Department of State in Washington and had never before been interpreted. About a month ago we received an e-mail from the registrar of the collection thanking us for our work and inviting us to their yearly donors' reception to meet the current Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
On April 30, 2009, we arrived at the State Department and were ushered into the John Quincy Adams State Drawing Room, where about two hundred guests had assembled. This room contains the Treaty of Paris of 1783 near an unfinished portrait of the American negotiators of the treaty by Benjamin West, as well as the desk on which Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and a great deal of fine rococo and Fe…» More
by Émile Jacques Ruhlmann (1879-1933), 1926. Macassar ebony, amaranth, and ivory. Metropolitan Museum of Art. By Cynthia Drayton» View All