New Book | Early American Silver in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Posted in books by Editor on February 15, 2014

Distributed by Yale UP:

Beth Carver Wees with Medill Higgins Harvey, Early American Silver in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013), 340 pages, ISBN: 978-0300191837, $75.

9780300191837This lavishly illustrated book documents the most distinguished works from The Metropolitan Museum’s extensive collection of domestic, ecclesiastical, and presentation silver from the Colonial and Federal periods. Detailed discussions provide a stylistic and socio-historical context for each piece, offering a wealth of new information to both specialist and non-specialist readers. Every object is documented with new photography that captures details, marks, and heraldic engraving. Finally, accompanying essays discuss issues of patronage and provenance, design and craft, and patterns of ownership and collecting, providing windows onto the past that help bring these pieces to life.

Beth Carver Wees is curator of American decorative arts, and Medill Higgins Harvey is a research associate in the American Wing, both at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Symposium | Millinery through Time

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on February 15, 2014

This in Williamsburg, just before ASECS. From the conference website:

Millinery through Time
Colonial Williamsburg, 16–19 March 2014

building-millinerColonial Williamsburg is pleased to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Margaret Hunter Millinery Shop. For 60 years, the shop has interpreted the 18th-century business and craft of millinery with its ever-changing fashions. As fashion has evolved and changed with time, so has the trade. Millinery Through Time will explore the development of the trade from the 18th century, dealing with thousands of fashionable accessories, to the 21st century, specializing in a single fashionable item: hats.

This conference will present an understanding of the trade from a scholarly and a technical perspective through the collaboration of lectures, hands on workshops, and demonstrations.  Join us as we step into the world of millinery, one of change, creativity, commerce, and fashion.

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5:00  Welcome, Jay Gaynor, director, Historic Trades, Colonial Williamsburg
60 Years at the Margaret Hunter, Janea Whitacre, mistress milliner and mantuamaker, Colonial Williamsburg
The Margaret Hunter Shop in Media, Leslie Doiron Clark,  associate producer, Productions, Publications, and Learning Ventures, Colonial Williamsburg
Virtual Tour of the Margaret Hunter Shop: The 3D Virtual Reconstruction of the 18th-Century Interior, Peter Inker, Digital History Center, Colonial Williamsburg
Collections for the Margaret Hunter Shop, Linda Baumgarten, curator, textiles and costumes, Colonial Williamsburg

6:00 Birthday Reception. Central Court. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite costume. Prizes will be awarded.

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9:30  Welcome and announcement of prizes from the birthday reception.

9:45  The Milliner and Her Trade, Janea Whitacre, mistress milliner and mantuamaker, Colonial Williamsburg

10:30  Coffee

11:00  Monsieur Beaulard: The Man Who Dressed Marie-Antoinette, Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, independent scholar, Glendale, California

11:25  ‘To set off every Female Perfection to the highest Advantage’: Milliners, Mantua-Makers, and Dressmakers in Popular Fiction, 1750–2012, Susan Holloway Scott, novelist and history blogger, Philadelphia

11:50  Cry Thief! 18th-Century Milliners and the World of Stolen Goods, Emma Cross, interpreter, Colonial Williamsburg

12:15  Lunch

12:45  Study drawers open in Textile Gallery, Linda Baumgarten, curator, textiles and costumes, and Kimberly Smith Ivey, curator, textiles and historic interiors, Colonial Williamsburg

1:45  ‘Just Imported…and to be Sold on Reasonable Terms by the Subscriber’: Visualizing 18th-Century Textiles through Primary Research, Angela Burnley, independent researcher and owner, Burnley & Trowbridge Co., Williamsburg

2:35  The Morning Ramble or the Milliner’s Shop, Sarah Woodyard, apprentice milliner and mantuamaker, Colonial Williamsburg

3:30  Afternoon refreshments

4:00  Inspired Globally But Created in Upstate New York: An Early 18th-Century Apron with Exotic Motifs, Mary D. Doering, independent scholar, collector, and guest curator, Falls Church, Virginia

4:25  A Mysterious Bit of Millinery: The Mask, Mark Hutter, journeyman tailor supervisor, Colonial Williamsburg, and Phillippe L. B. Halbert, Lois F. McNeil Fellow, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, Winterthur Museum and the University of Delaware.

7:00  Play, The Milliners, with a question and answer session to follow the performance.

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9:30  An American Identity: The Shoemaker’s Label in Revolutionary and Federal America, Meaghan Reddick, candidate for M.A. History of Decorative Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.

9:55  ‘Any thing elegant, in the form of a Turban’: Women’s Turbans in Fashion at the Turn of the 19th Century, Ann Buermann Wass, history/museum specialist, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Riverdale Park, Maryland

10:20  Coffee

10:50  Velvet and Silk Flowers for Millinery and Dressmaking, Mela Hoyt-Heydon, chairman, Theatre Arts Department, Fullerton College, Fullerton, California

11:40  ‘…what vulgar people calls a milliner’: How the Milliner Survived the Westward Expansion, Hat-Making, and French Lessons, Abby Cox, apprentice milliner and mantuamaker, Colonial Williamsburg

12:35  Lunch

1:05  Study drawers open in Textile Gallery, Linda Baumgarten, curator, textiles and costumes, and Kimberly Smith Ivey, curator, textiles and historic interiors, Colonial Williamsburg

2:00  Traffic Lights of Chic: American Millinery and American Style, 1937–1947, Nadine Stewart, adjunct professor, Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey

2:55  Shades of Grief: The Role of Millinery and Accessories as Indicators of Mourning in the 1860s, Samantha McCarty, Williamsburg

3:20  Ellen Carbery: Enterprising Milliner of Newfoundland, Cynthia Boyd, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Folklore, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

3:45  Afternoon refreshments

4:15  ‘Creative Abilities and Business Sense’: The Millinery Trade in Ontario, 1870–1930, Christina Bates

4:40  Millinery as a 21st-Century Occupation: A Current Example of a Career in Hat Making, Ignatius Creegan, Ignatius Hats, Petersburg, Virginia

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An assortment of optional workshops are offered on Wednesday.

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