This exhibition was on display from April 07, 2017 to August 20, 2017.

There were 409 objects in this exhibition but right now we can only show you 400 of them. Some objects may not be viewable because they were on loan; this might be due to issues involving image rights or simply because there is no digitized image for the objects.

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The Persistence of Traditional "Good Taste"

By the early 1900s, many Americans equated "good taste" and social success with historical European styles, a trend that continued through the 1920s. Imported architectural elements from French châteaux and English manors were enhanced by correspondingly styled furnishings. Early American design found new respect with the opening of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1924) and the restoration of colonial Williamsburg (1926), and the buying of antiques and antique reproductions. The new field of professional interior design—many pioneers were women such as Dorothy Draper and Nancy McClelland—helped introduce new sympathetic contexts for old objects, including wallpapers and fabrics.

  • Secretary, ca. 1926
  • mahogany, glass, and brass.
  • Lent by Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York. Museum purchase, acquired....
  • 87.2016.1
  • Bracelet, 1925–30
  • platinum, diamonds, sapphires.
  • Lent by Tiffany and Company, Archives, A2004.17.
  • 62.2016.3
  • Tapestry, 1925
  • wool.
  • Collection of the Newark Museum, Gift of the Contemporary Club of Newark,....
  • 40.2016.2