Tag Archives: behind the scenes

Documents Written in Oak, Maple, Mahogany, and Pine

Guest post by Gerald W.R. Ward, Senior Consulting Curator and Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture Emeritus, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The renowned collector Maxim Karolik, whose collection of 18th-century American arts was given to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, had a way with words.  In Edwin J. Hipkiss’s catalogue of the collection, Karolik himself contributed a number of idiosyncratic essays which illuminate his views on collecting and the nature of colonial arts.… Read More

Creating Furniture Masterworks

Guest post by Joshua W. Lane, Curator of Furniture, Historic Deerfield

As the calendar sprints full speed ahead to September 28th, the opening day of Historic Deerfield’s exhibition, Furniture Masterworks: Tradition and Innovation in Western Massachusetts, I am busy readying this display of furniture that explores western Massachusetts’ first 150 years of furniture-making. With 58 objects drawn from Historic Deerfield’s collections, the objects in this exhibition exemplify the region’s signature contribution to American design history and the emergence of a national identity. … Read More