DE -- Wilmington -- Winterthur Museum and Country Estate -- Exhibit: Dominy Clock and Woodworking Shops:
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Description of Pictures: Dominy Shops: When we look at antique furniture in a museum or in someone's home, we often admire its appearance and the skill with which it was made but rarely consider who made it. Who were these craftsmen? What were the tools and techniques of their trade?
The Dominy Clock Shop and Woodworking Shop are reconstructions of shops used by the Dominy family, four generations of craftsmen who worked in East Hampton, New York, from the mid 1700s to the mid 1800s. Historic photographs and architectural drawings document the working environment of these rural Long Island artists. Surviving objects representative of their work--clocks, chairs, case pieces, looking glasses, and tables--reveal their local clientele's taste for conservatively styled, well-crafted household furnishings. Displayed with those objects are the templates, machinery, and more than 800 tools used to produce them, a collection that provides a rare opportunity to glimpse the typical working environment of rural craftsmen more than two centuries ago.
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Wikipedia Description: Henry Francis DuPont Winterthur Museum
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Winterthur Museum and Country Estate is an American estate and museum in Winterthur, near Greenville, Delaware, now housing one of the most important collections of Americana in the country. It was the former home of Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969), a renowned antiques collector and horticulturist. Until recently, it was known as the "Henry Francis DuPont Winterthur Museum."
In the early 20th century, H. F. du Pont and his father, Henry Algernon du Pont, designed Winterthur in the spirit of 18th- and 19th-century European country houses. The younger du Pont added to the home many times thereafter, eventually moving to a smaller house on the estate when the main building became a public museum.
Winterthur is situated on 979 acres (4 kmē), with 60 acres (0.2 kmē) of naturalistic garden. There were 2,500 acres (10 kmē) when it functioned as a country estate.
Initially a collector of European art and decorative arts, H. F. du Pont reported that it was Electra Havemeyer Webb, later the founder of Shelburne Museum in Vermont, who first interested him in American art and antiques through the paintings of Charles Louis Heyde. In 1929, he drew worldwide attention when he purchased a tambour desk, made and labeled by John Seymour, Cabinetmaker in Boston, at Parke-Bernet auction galleries in New York for a then-record sum for Americana in excess of $30,000. Subsequently, he became a highly prominent collector of American decorative arts, building on the Winterthur estate to house his collection, conservation laboratories, and administrative offices.
There are 175 period-room displays in the museum and approximately 85,000 objects. Most rooms are open to the public on small, guided tours. The collection spans more than two centuries of American decorative arts, notably from 1640 to 1860, and contains some of the most important pieces of American furniture and fine art. The Winterthur ...More...
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2007 photos: Equipment this year: I used the Fuji S9000 almost exclusively except for the period when it broke and I had to send it back for repairs. In August, I bought a Canon Rebel Xti, my first digital SLR (vs regular digital) which I tried as well but I wasn't that excited by it.
Trips this year: Two weeks down south (including Graceland, Shiloh, VIcksburg, and New Orleans), a week at a time share in Costa Rica over my 50th birthday, a week off for a family reunion in the Wisconsin Dells (with sidetrips to Dayton, Springfield, and Madison), a week in San Diego for the Comic-Con with a side trip to Michigan for two family reunions, a drive up to Niagara Falls, a couple of weekend jaunts including the Civil War Preservation Trust Grand Review in Vicksburg, and a December journey to three state capitols (Richmond, Raleigh, and Columbia). I saw sites in 18 states and 3 other countries this year -- the first year I'd been to more than two other countries since we lived in Venezuela when I was a little toddler.
Ego strokes: A photo that I took at the National Archives was used as the author photo on the book jacket for David A. Nichols' "A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution." I became a volunteer photographer at both Sixth and I Historic Synagogue and the Civil War Preservation Trust (later renamed "Civil War Trust")..
Number of photos taken this year: 225,000.
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