Exhibition | American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on October 11, 2012

Guest curator Wendy Cooper of Winterthur Museum is scheduled to speak at the National Gallery on October 28, at 2pm. The talk is entitled, “Triumphs in Craftsmanship: Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection, 1700–1830.”

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Press release from the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.:

Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection, 1700–1830
The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., opening 7 October 2012

Curated by Wendy Cooper

Philadelphia, Desk and Bookcase, 1755-65,
mahogany, glass, brass; 290 x 137 x 68 cm (114 x 54 x 27 in). Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art presents Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection, 1700–1830. When this installation opens on October 7, 2012, on the Ground Floor of the West Building, it will be a landmark moment for the nation’s capital, which until this time has had no major presentation of early American furniture and related decorative arts on permanent public view. The installation follows the promised gift in October 2010 of one of the largest and most refined collections of early American furniture in private hands, acquired with great connoisseurship over five decades by George M. (1932–2001) and Linda H. Kaufman (b. 1938).

The Kaufman Collection comprises more than 200 works of art, including American furniture, major Dutch paintings, American paintings, and works on paper, among them some 40 floral watercolors by Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759–1840). Many of these objects were featured in 1986–1987 when the Gallery first exhibited American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection. The upcoming installation will highlight more than 100 of the finest examples of early American furniture and decorative arts, shown with a selection of American, European, and Chinese porcelains and a number of choice Redouté watercolors—all from the Kaufman Collection. Paintings by American artists from the Gallery’s collection will also be integrated into the presentation.

“The Gallery is extremely grateful to George and Linda Kaufman, who chose to give their collection to the nation so that the public can view the finest works of some of America’s greatest artisans here in the nation’s capital,” said Earl A. Powell, director, National Gallery of Art. “This unparalleled gift dramatically amplifies the great American achievements in painting and sculpture long represented at the Gallery, while also transforming our collection of decorative arts by augmenting its fine holdings of European decorative arts with equally important American examples.” (more…)

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