It’s cold and the middle of winter, um who else is experiencing a serious case of cabin fever? On Saturday, Greg and I went into Boston to check out the new Art of Americas wing at the MFA. Fifty-three new galleries on four floors, devoted to Pre-Columbian era through the third quarter of the twentieth century. My favorite Level 1: 18th-Century Art of the Colonial Americas and Early 19th-Century Art. Just a few of my favorites below.
Double chair-back settees have caught my attention lately. I spotted one for a split second in the Social Network and have been obsessed since (more to come on this topic) . This example spotted in the Lynch gallery showcases a rare example with double carved owl faces.
Update the MFA contacted me with the information on the wallpaper below: Waterhouse Wallhangings East India #158484.
I’ve been on the hunt for wing chairs with graceful lines. These two examples have beautiful swoops. Cording wasn’t used in the arm of the curve but a simple piece of upholstery was hand-stitched on the seam. According to the plate the chairs retained most of their original upholstery. Also, included is the photo is an early American Windsor chair. I’ve come a number of documents indicating all Windsors in the Boston around the 18th-century were painted this dark hunter green.
A room removed from an 18th-century house in Bath, Maine displayed a gorgeous hand-painted landscape. I know it’s hard to see but the molding is painting a green/blue. An arm chair in the room was slipcovered in a gray stripe…maybe I need one too?
I believe I spotted this piece on the second floor in the folk art gallery? I don’t remember much about it specifically but it’s hung on this amazing wall displaying some of the most beautiful and interesting weathervanes I’ve ever seen.
The exterior door and frame were taken from a rural home outside Longmeadow, Massachusetts. The door was massive and grand. At the very top grapes(?) hung down from the pediment, which is something I’ve never come across before.
At the very bottom one of my favorite new to me paintings I spotted on the very top floor of the new wing. The way the artist painted the snow was really captivating. Country Doctor (Night Call), 1935, Horace Pippin, American, 1888–1946.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue