June 2010

1810 gilded wood armchairs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Splendor and Elegance: European Decorative Arts and Drawings from the Horace Wood Brock Collection highlighted a selection of the museum’s Regency collection.

In 2009, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston acquired a pair of Irish Regency monopodia armchairs owned by the Second Earl of Caledon, Du Pre Alexander, the son of the 1st Earl, James Alexander, who made a tremendous fortune in India. In 1776, James Alexander purchased the Caledon estate in County Tyrone, Ireland from Edmund Boyle, 7th Earl of Cork and Orrery, whose father had acquired it by marriage into the Hamilton family of Caledon in 1738. It is likely that a suite of these chairs were commissioned for Caledon castle.

Louis XVI clock with vestals carrying the sacred fire, Paris, c. 1789

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Eyewitness to History provides a personal account of the invasion of Normandy, which occurred 66 years ago. This day remained big news for decades, and now seems to have been largely forgotten. June 6th still looms large in the minds of the people who lived through WWII.