New exhibition of Renaissance and Baroque bronzes at the Frick Collection

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New York City’s Frick Collection recently opened an exhibition of Renaissance and Baroque bronzes from the collection of Janine and J. Tomilson Hill. Displayed are thirty-three statuettes, sculptures, and a relief by masters of the Italian, German, Dutch, and French schools of the late fifteenth into the eighteenth century. One highlight is a pair of bronzes titled Sleeping Hermaphrodite and …

Query: Edwin Scott Bennett

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An “artist turned photographer of artists,” Edwin Scott Bennett (1847-1915) is the subject of a forthcoming article. Edwin Scott Bennett lived and worked in New York in the late nineteenth century. Bennett initially studied landscape painting under William De Haas and figure painting under William Morgan, and then later took up photography. He took photographs of prominent American painters and …

Query: Cured, Fermented and Smoked Foods

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The Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, the annual conference on food history, is seeking papers on the topic “Cured, Fermented and Smoked Foods,” to be held at Saint Antony’s College in Oxford, England, on July 9 – 11, 2010. For further information on the conference visit the Web site, www.oxfordsymposium.org.uk. From antiquity to modern times, mankind has developed methods …

Queries: Jewelry designer and metal artist Marie Zimmermann

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The versatile jewelry designer and metalsmith Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972) is the subject of a forthcoming monograph sponsored by the American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1879, Zimmermann’s training in the arts began with courses in drawing, painting, and modeling at the Art Students League in New York likely followed by courses in art metalwork at …

Conservation and restoration of upholstery

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Elizabeth Lahikainen and Associates specializes in the conservation and restoration of the upholstery of objects in museums and private collections, and since 1990 has been affiliated with the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. Her firm concentrates on interpreting the historical evidence presented by a piece of upholstered furniture and then selecting accurate fabrics for its restoration. In some cases …

Queries: Paper lined bed testers

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Cybèle Gontar and Stephen Harrison are writing an article on paper-lined bed testers. Decorative wallpapers have traditionally been placed on walls, ceilings, and folding screens. Less commonly, wallpapers were also used to cover valances and ceilings of bedsteads in the late eighteenth century. Bed and window valances covered with paper were advertised by Francis Delorme, a French immigrant craftsman in …

Queries: American musical clocks

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The first musical clocks were invented in the Netherlands in the fourteenth century. Two hundred years later European royalty and aristocracy were commissioning them. At the palace of Versailles Marie Antoinette possessed a musical clock that played ten of her favorite tunes. (It was discovered at the palace in June 1914, two weeks before the start of World War I.) …

Queries: Irish Furniture

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Information about and photographs of labeled or stamped nineteenth-century Irish furniture is being sought for publication in a companion volume to a new survey of Irish cabinetmakers. The author wishes to illustrate a wide variety of furniture by Irish cabinetmakers including Eggleso, Kirchoffer, Murray, Gillington, Strahan, Jones, Scott, and Pasley, and carvers Kearney, Del Vecchio, and De Groot. Examples of …