…Is a Joy Forever. That old adage was proven at least twice today.
I attended the Finery & Finish: Embellishments on Baltimore Federal Furniture exhibit at Homewood House Museum on the campus of Johns Hopkins University and was able to get up-close-and-personal with some of the most beautiful made in Baltimore at the end of the 1700’s and onward. The detail on these pieces is extraordinary, especially when you think of the conditions and tools that these artisans worked with.
Homewood is a truly stunning house museum and I’ve often attended events there, in part because the curator is a friend, but also because the quality of the pieces in the house is so extraordinary and represents a period of great creativity in Baltimore.
Unfortunately, this piece painted by Francis Grey was not there, but the painting is an early illustration of Homewood House. The definitive scholarly tome on Francis Grey was written by my friend, Stiles, and it is a wonderful portrayal of a semi-itinerant painter in the late 18th century.
The other thing of beauty is the newly published book by Markham Roberts: Decorating: The Way I See It.
If you look closely, the chairs in the image to the left are covered in the fabric Billy Baldwin made famous, Arbre de Matisse.
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One more thing… Our painters at work started on the Reading Room and just with the priming done and the curtains down, the room already looks 100% better. Although I am freaking out a little that the painters didn’t remove the portrait and the sculptures before they started! YIKES!
Hopefully, they will finish up tomorrow or Monday, and I will have some more pictures for you!