Sunday, October 2, 2011

Something of Splendor:

Decorative Arts from the White House

A new exhibition opened yesterday at the Renwick Gallery, which is part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The exhibit is filled with amazing collections of decorative arts and historic furnishings that tell the stories of the White House past, highlighting periods of the American interior design at the White House.

Some of the Blue Room’s seating was on display. I especially loved the side chair, which is painted birch from 1902, was made by L. Marcotte & Company of New York.

It was part of a set that originally had cane back, but was later upholstered in the mid 1920’s

 Painting of the Blue Room showcasing the chairs, by Charles Bittinger, oil on canvas, 1903. The painting is on display in the exhibit

Photos  courtesy of The White House Historical Association

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