Living with Antiques: Eighteenth-Century Modern

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Fig. 1. Grand salon at Montgeoffroy. The chairs are all by the Paris menuisier Jean-Baptiste Gourdin (maître 1748), 1772–1775. Above the mantel hangs a portrait of the maréchal de Contades’s daughter Françoise-Marie-Gertrude de Contades (1727–1776), later comtesse de Plouër. At the right is one of three matching marble-topped console tables original to the room, and just visible in the foreground …

At home with Christopher Dresser

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Photography by Paul Rocheleau| from The Magazine ANTIQUES, December 2009. | When you visit Janet and Lawrence Larose’s New York dining room, you are surrounded by hundreds of objects designed by Christopher Dresser. They are artfully arranged on a series of shelves: teacups perch on lily-pad saucers; frogs leap around a bowl; butterflies flit across cloisonné skies; and cranes are buffeted …

The 17th Annual Newport Symposium: A Great Escape

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As I headed to Newport, Rhode Island, for the Preservation Society of Newport County’s annual symposium (April 27-29)—escaping New York City’s record-high temperatures—this year’s topic, Great Escapes: Villas Country Places, and Pleasure Pavilions, seemed particularly fitting. The pre-symposium mansion tours provided our small group an intimate look at two very different Newport houses. Chateau-sur-Mer (1852) served as a full-time residence …

History in towns: Madison, Georgia

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April 2009 | The town of Madison, in Morgan County, Georgia, was lauded in 1849 by the historian George White (1802-1887). “There are as many well educated gentlemen and ladies in Madison as in any portion of the State,” he wrote. “Many of the citizens are wealthy, and live in much style. The ladies are remarkably pretty…and many of them …

Living with antiques: Shaker

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The family has eaten supper at the beautifully simple trestle table shown in Figure 4 for twenty-odd years, almost every night they have spent at their upstate New York farm. Except, of course, when the table is on the road, gracing some museum exhibition. Which is often enough, for this is a superlative example of Shaker design and craftsmanship, made …