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 A Publication of the Winterthur Licensed Products Program
April 2010   |   Volume II   |   Issue II
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Spring has arrived, and Winterthur is in full bloom!
The spring is a magical season at Winterthur. The garden changes daily, revealing new, vibrant color combinations and a succession of beautiful blooms. Inside the museum fascinating exhibitions examine the Brandywine Valley's important place in gardening history and H. F. du Pont's unique approach to floral design. The spring house tour visits rooms filled with glorious flower arrangements and new table settings. Winterthur's beloved spring tradition, the Point-to-Point steeplechase, takes place on May 2.
To learn more about the exciting events happening at Winterthur, visit
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Diane James Designs for Winterthur
 In-Store Event
Diane James Designs at Winterthur
At Winterthur's Museum Store on Saturday, May 1, at 11 am and 2 pm,  Diane James will be demonstrating her approach to flower arranging while discussing sources of inspiration and her new spring collection influenced by H. F. du Pont and his use of color. Click here for more information.
Stark Wallcovering Adapts Winterthur's
  Cottage Hunt Scene  
Stark Cottage Hunt Scene panel
Stark Wallcovering is now offering the Cottage Hunt Scene,  a faithful copy of the original wallpaper installed in the Cottage at Winterthur. In 1951 when Winterthur Museum opened to the public, H. F. du Pont moved his family across the lawn to a Regency-style villa, known as the Cottage.  Mr. du Pont furnished the new residence with English and French antiques, including a French-style wallpaper from the early 1800s depicting a hunting scene.
The designers at Stark Wallcovering carefully duplicate the details of the scenic wallcovering to include each element and then customize the panels to complement the individual architectural space. Below is a sketch of the complete mural offered by Stark Wallcovering.
Stark line drawing
New Introductions from Currey & Company
Currey & Company, Atlanta, Georgia 

Currey Belle Isle

 Belle Isle Lantern 9072
Currey Blackwell Lantern
Blackwell Lantern 9236
Currey Bowers Chandelier
Bowers Chandelier 9073
Currey Bowers Sconce
Bowers Sconce 5073
Currey Shipley Chandelier
Shipley Chandelier 9297
Shipley Chandelier, small 9299
Currey Rencourt Chandelier
Rencourt Chandelier 9298
Currey Rencourt Wall Sconce
Rencourt Wall Sconce, 2 light, 5072
Currey Rencourt Wall Sconce, 1 light
Rencourt Wall Sconce, 1 light, 5071
Currey Wentworth Chandelier
Wentworth Chandelier 9456
Currey & Company will debut the ten new designs at their High Point showroom, IHFC Main 110, during the International Home Furnishings Market, April 17-21, 2010.
For more new products from Winterthur licensees, click here.


Licensee donates to Winterthur exhibition
Lost Gardens auricula theater
Diane James Designs donated permanent botanicals for the auricula theater display featured in the Lost Gardens of the Brandywine exhibition at Winterthur, March 27-July 25, 2010. The display exhibits the du Ponts' important contributions to horticulture, with each plant representing a variety with which a du Pont family member made horticultural progress. Learn more about the display at the Diane James Designs Buzz Blog.
Brent Hull
Brent Hull
Brent Hull is a nationally recognized expert in residential design, historic interiors, and architecturally correct moldings and millwork. Growing up with a love and interest in building, Hull completed his training at the prestigious North Bennett Street School in Boston where he studied historic preservation and earned a degree in Preservation Carpentry. His Fort Worth, Texas-based company, Hull Historical, specializes in the design and creation of historically accurate moldings, paneled walls, mantels, cabinetry, doors, and windows for custom homes.  About his company, Hull states, "We're passionate about the tradition of craftsmanship and believe history reveals unlimited potential for homebuilding today." 
Hull Historical stair detail
Joining Winterthur Licensed Products in 2003, Hull holds the exclusive license to reproduce Winterthur's architectural interiors. His thorough study of and research into the historic rooms at Winterthur led Hull to author a book on the architectural interiors of Winterthur. Traditional American Rooms was published by Fox Chapel in 2009 and is co-authored by Christine Franck.  
Traditional American Rooms
The partnership with Winterthur also led to the building of a Fort Worth, Texas charity designer showhouse. The house, named The Readbourne, was inspired by rooms, paneling, and documents at Winterthur from an early Maryland plantation house. The original Readbourne was built in Centreville, Maryland in 1732. The 6,000 square-foot showhouse was designed by John Milner Architects, Inc. of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Hull was the lead builder and provided millwork based on interiors found at Winterthur.
Readbourne House
Readbourne interior
Revenue generated by the sale of licensed products supports the educational, preservation and research programs of Winterthur Museum.

Kristin DeMesse
Director, Licensed Products
Susan Mathews
Licensed Products Assistant
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