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Michael K. Brown (1953-2013)

September 10, 2013  |  We at ANTIQUES mourn the death of Michael K. Brown, a great friend of the magazine and a cherished member of the American decorative arts family. Our November-December issue will include a tribute to him as a man of enormous kindness, scholarship, humor, and loyalty.

 

 

 

Michael K. Brown (1953-2013), longtime curator of the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

 

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Current & Coming | By Staff

Williamsburg Forum 2011

October 25, 2010  |  Colonial Williamsburg will convene its sixty-third annual Antiques Forum between February 20 and 24, 2011. The theme this year, Decorative Arts Forensics: How We Know What We Know, is intended to shed light on some of the fascinating advances in techniques for historical research and scientific investigation that have opened new avenues of verification for curators, collectors, and scholars. The forum will bring together a group of widely recognized authorities, who will present recent findings on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century furniture, metals, ceramics, glass, clocks, musical instruments, and architecture. In addition to Colonial Williamsburg curators and conservators, scheduled speakers include garden historian Paul F. “Chip” Callaway; Robert Hunter, ceramics scholar; Lynne Dakin Hastings from James Madison’s Montpelier; Tom Savage from Winterthur; Daniel Kurt Ackermann from MESDA; and noted antiques dealer and auctioneer Leigh Keno. Optional hands-on workshops with the…» More

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Fantastic Mr. Shearer

October 22, 2010  |  

Fantastic Mr. Shearer

A man with a mission, the elusive late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Virginia cabinetmaker John Shearer often professed his British loyalties in carving and inlay. Even when he did not, his furniture displays an idiosyncratic style that has long intrigued scholars and collectors-and made Shearer the subject of two articles in our April-May 2010 issue, written in anticipation of the exhibition of his work that recently opened at the DAR Museum in Washington, D. C. Entitled "A True North Britain": The Furniture of John Shearer 1790-1820, the show is guest curated by independent scholar Elizabeth A. Davison, who also wrote the related book to be published next year. It remains on view in Washington until February 26, 2011, and will subsequently be shown at Colonial Williamsburg. "A True North Britain": The Furniture of John Shearer 1790-1820 · DAR Museum, Washington · to Febraury 26, 2011 · www.dar.org/museum

 

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by Émile Jacques Ruhlmann (1879-1933), 1926. Macassar ebony, amaranth, and ivory. Metropolitan Museum of Art. By Cynthia Drayton

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