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The legacy of Henry Davis Sleeper

Editorial Staff Furniture & Decorative Arts

December 2009 | November 1915. On “one of those autumn days when the darkness comes so suddenly that one seems to bump one’s head against it,” a small party departs from an unnamed city. Wrapped in furs and nestling into blankets, they huddle in the back of the open car to ward off the chill. Soon paved roads give way …

The Hidden Magic of Henry Davis Sleeper’s Beauport

Editorial Staff Furniture & Decorative Arts

December 2009 | Beauport, with its labyrinth of small rooms, layers of objects, and false doors, is a playhouse and a place that exists as a dream. The small rooms change shape, lead one to another without a quickly understood plan or even a simple hallway. There are doors, windows, paneling, tables, chairs, and art taken from long-gone houses, different …

Great Estates: Fonthill in Doylestown, Pennsylvania

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Located on sixty acres in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Fonthill, the home of Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930), one of the leaders of the American arts and crafts movement, stands as a testament to handcrafted goods, replete with relics dutifully gathered by Mercer in the wake of the industrial revolution.Mercer, a Bucks County native, graduated from Harvard in 1879.  After receiving a law …

Eyre Hall on Virginia’s Eastern Shore

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September 2009 | Photography by Langdon Clay | “Eyre Hall…all through its venerable existence but another name for everything elegant, graceful and delightful in Old Virginia life.” Fanny Fielding’s nostalgic reminiscence of Eyre Hall during the ownership of John Eyre depicts a place we would recognize today.1 Still to be found are “the timely-clipped hedges of box and dwarf-cedar,” “the …

Great Estates: Ash Lawn-Highland in Charlottesville, Virginia

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The onset of crisp autumn air can only mean one thing: apple season is finally here, making it a great time to head to the Piedmont region of Virginia, where dozens of varieties of apples are ripe for the picking.  And while you’re there, why not take in a helping of Virginia’s history?  You can do both on Carters Mountain …

Great Estates: Homewood Museum in Baltimore, Maryland

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Homewood Museum, a National Historic Landmark on the campus of John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, is one of the country’s finest Federal period houses. Based on a Palladian five part plan, it was built beginning in the summer of 1800, when Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and one of the wealthiest men in …

Great Estates: Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire

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As the subject of a major exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (on view now through November 15) and a new feature-length documentary directed by Paul Sanderson, Augustus Saint-Gaudens—one of the foremost sculptors of the Gilded Age in America—is certainly having a moment. Adding to these offerings is the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire, where his …

Cintra & the estate of Joseph Stanley at Rago

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Beginning on Saturday August 1, more than 500 lots from the estate of Joseph Stanley will go on view at Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, New Jersey, before being sold at auction on August 8. Items in the sale—which range from 18th-century English furniture to a wide array of Chinese export art and objects—are the unusual survival of …

Great Estates: Frederic Church’s Olana in Hudson, New York

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Our upcoming June issue features a number of exhibitions and events that mark the 100th anniversary of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration (and the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson voyage up the eponymous river). Among them is a new exhibition at Olana, the estate of landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church, Glories of the Hudson: Frederic Edwin Church’s Views from Olana, which was …

Seeing green at historic garden estates

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Although it may already seem like summer—with record-breaking temperatures in some areas this week—spring has actually just arrived, and with it, the chance to explore some of the country’s finest historic estates and gardens. Here The Magazine ANTIQUES has selected a few favorites, with the slideshow below offering a taste of some “green design.”The Fells, Newbury, New HampshireThe summer retreat …