This April, Winterthur Museum will host a conference celebrating three centuries of woodworking craftsmanship
Whether you know him personally or just by reputation, there’s no question that Jonathan Leo Fairbanks is a lion in the worlds of American decorative arts and craft. Recently, to toast him on his retirement as director of the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts, the museum published American History, Art, and Culture: Writings in Honor of Jonathan Leo Fairbanks.
Among aficionados of early American decorative arts, the name Wunsch is legendary. The family’s art and antiques collection—started by the canny and ever-curious engineer E. Martin Wunsch (1924–2013), and administered under the aegis of the Wunsch Americana Foundation—is one of the most important in the field.
Earlier this month when the Kentucky Historical Society sent us information on its upcoming exhibition Great Revivals: Kentucky Decorative Arts Treasures opening June 6, I was delighted to see several outstanding examples of 19th-century American decorative art. The exhibition, organized by the guest curator Estill Curtis Pennington, highlights the five distinct styles that emerged in the period from 1800-1920: Federal, …