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A Publication of the Winterthur Licensed Products Program
April 2009   |   Volume I   |   Issue II





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Welcome to House of Style, the quarterly e-newsletter from the Winterthur Licensed Products Program, featuring the people, products, and news of Winterthur's licensed products.


This spring is an exciting season at Winterthur! The garden is in full bloom. The exhibition Harbor & Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710- 1850, features rarely seen pieces from outstanding private and public collections. And on May 3, Winterthur holds its famous steeplechase, Point-to-Point.


To learn more about the exciting events happening at Winterthur, visit


Garden Restoration at Winterthur


Winterthur Sundial

Winterthur Licensees,
Heritage Metalworks of Downingtown, PA, and A. Thayer Smith of Downingtown, PA, have been commissioned by Winterthur's garden department to help recreate the feel of an historic garden at Winterthur by restoring or reproducing some of the statuary, cisterns, furniture, and metalwork that are either in disrepair or no longer exist. Their reproduction Sundial (shown above) was featured in the November 2008 issue of Town & Country.  




In March, sales representatives from Shofer's Furniture of Baltimore visited Winterthur to learn more about the original objects that inspire Kindel Furniture Company's Winterthur line. Their visit included H. F. du Pont's House of Style lecture, tours through the mansion, lunch on the property, and special viewings of the Kindel product orignals. Contact Licensed Products to set up your own Sales Training events.



Traditional American Rooms   Fox Chapel Publishing


Written by Brent Hull and Christine Franck, Traditional American Rooms is a guided tour through the period rooms of Winterthur. The stunning sourcebook explores 33 of Winterthur's finest rooms from the Georgian and Federal periods, using a blend of beautiful color photography, history, and technical drawings.

On March 16 QVC aired a Winterthur Quilts special showcasing the latest Winterthur-inspired designs.  Director of Licensed Products, Kristin DeMesse, co-hosted the special, representing Winterthur and answering questions about the quilts and the museum.

Heritage Cottage Chandelier  Heritage Metalworks

Heritage Metalworks' reproductions of the Cottage Chandelier can be seen on display in the design source's original spot at Winterthur.  You can also see Heritage's reproductions of the beautiful single and double tier chandeliers that hang over the du Pont Dining Room Porch at Winterthur.

Chelsea House has reintroduced the Four Seasons Prints!  Adapted from paintings on glass done in China circa 1789 for the Western market, the detailed prints wonderfully capture the painterly quality of the originals on display in the Period Rooms at Winterthur.

For more information, click here.




Fox Chapel Publishing Company is featured in Publishers Weekly





Winterthur is now on Facebook! Visit Facebook and access the Winterthur Museum & Country Estate page by using their search engine.  Share the news with all your friends and fans and help us to spread the word about Winterthur!


Winterthur Welcomes Two New Licensees

A. Thayer Smith


Cherub sundial

A. Thayer Smith is licensed to provide ornamental plaster, garden statuary, and exterior accessories.  See his reproduction garden objects in the Winterthur Garden.


Interior Concepts of Delaware


Phyfe Room Window 


The design firm, Interior Concepts of Delaware, will be offering Winterthur Window Treatments based on the designs found in the museum, the image archives, and the library resources.



Jeff Groff


Winterthur Licensed Products is pleased to announce that Jeff Groff has accepted the position of Prototype Review Committee Chairman. Groff is Director of Public Programs at Winterthur. For sixteen years he was Executive Director of Wyck, an historic house and garden in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. A graduate of Bates College, he holds an M.A. from the Winterthur Program in Early America of the University of Delaware.


Proceeds from the sale of licensed products benefit educational programming at Winterthur.



Kristin DeMesse
Director, Licensed Products
Susan Mathews
Licensed Products Assistant



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