Great Estates: Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon

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Pittock Mansion, a French Renaissance revival style house situated 1,000 feet above downtown Portland, Oregon, was built between 1909 and1914 for newspaper owner Henry Lewis Pittock and his philanthropist wife, Georgina Martin Burton Pittock.  The 16,000- square-foot mansion, located on over forty-six acres of parkland, features forty-four period rooms that incorporate original furnishings into a restored interior.  Visitors to Pittock …

Timeless Tudor: Bradley Court in Gloucestershire

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October 2009 | Photography by Nic Barlow | Tucked in the lee of a wooded scarp, looking down on a valley and beyond, to Wales, Bradley Court stands in its beautiful garden in Gloucestershire, a story of historical harmony and form. Originally a manor house belonging to the Berkeleys of nearby Berkeley Castle, the house was apparently built in l559, …

Malmaison in the sky

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Malmaison is familiar to many as the château of the Empress Josephine in Rueil-Malmaison, eight miles west of Paris. In 1978, though, Malmaison moved to New York—figuratively speaking—in the form of Roger Prigent’s fabled Malmaison Antiques, which introduced French Empire furnishings of the highest quality to the United States. An insatiable—yet discerning—collector who refers to Josephine as “the first lady …

Eat, sleep and live design at London’s Boundary Hotel

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Have you ever dreamed about spending a night inside the Eames Case Study House or a Charlotte Perriand-designed boudoir? The Boundary Hotel, which opened this past January in East London’s Shoreditch neighborhood lets visitors do just that. Designed under the direction of Terence Conran and his studio, Conran & Partners, the Boundary was transformed from a Victorian-era warehouse into a …

A la mode: Homewood Museum

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Always envious of the grand historic interiors featured in our Great Estates column, we wanted to take a cue from the period décor and find ways to recreate the look in even the smallest apartment. A recent peek inside Homewood Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, which boasts boldly painted floorcloths, elegant Federal period furniture, and stunning juxtapositions of color, seemed the …

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 …

Guest Blog: The Curated Object

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As part of our recurring series of guest bloggers (see our earlier feature with Art Inconnu here) we are pleased to introduce Joanne Molina, editorial director of The Curated Object—a non-profit media project that promotes fine and decorative arts exhibitions worldwide. We asked Molina to share a “curated” list of current and upcoming exhibitions that aren’t to be missed! Exhibition …

A guide to fall symposiums

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To celebrate the fall season we’ve compiled an extensive—though not exhaustive—list of several upcoming symposiums that present an exciting and diverse roster of talks related to art history, decorative arts, design, and visual culture. We hope that you will have a chance to attend some. October 1-2, 2009“A Long and Tumultuous Relationship”: East-West Interchanges in American Art Smithsonian American Art …

Behind the Screen: Bright Star with Charlotte Watts

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As meditation on the doomed love affair between the poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish), Jane Campion’s Bright Star is not a typical period film.  Critics have praised this intimate, unadorned romance since it premiered at Cannes this spring, as set decorator Charlotte Watts tells us, recreating its sets—all the way down to the upholstery nails—was …

The present learns from the past

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September 2009 | The Shelburne Museum and The Magazine ANTIQUES have a long history together. Within a year of the museum fully opening in 1953, Alice Winchester, the magazine’s editor, introduced it to her readers as “one of the…most unusual museums” in the country, its “collection of collections” assembled over a lifetime by Electra Havemeyer Webb, whom she described, with …