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The Well-Dressed Window: Curtains at Winterthur

Written by Sandra Brown

"I feel very strongly that the curtains will make all the difference in the house." ~H. F. du Pont

Today Henry Francis du Pont, the force behind the transformation of Winterthur from a family house to a premier museum of American decorative arts, is recognized, as one of the early leaders of interior design in this country.

Working with architects, curators, and antiques dealers, du Pont created some 175 room settings within the house. He assembled his rooms using architectural elements from historic houses along the East Coast and filled them with an extraordinary collection of American furniture and decorative arts. Du Pont's unique talent was his ability to arrange historicaly related objects in a beautiful way, in settings that enhanced their shape and form through the choice of color, textiles and style.

Du Pont paid particular attention to the design of the curtains, and The Well-Dressed Window surveys his achievement, explaining how the fabrics were selected as well as their relationship to the architecture and other decorative elements in the rooms. The Well-Dressed Window: Curtains at Winterthur is a unique compendium of design and textile history and an invaluable resource for designers and homeowners alike.

• Hardcover, 208 pages, 200 color illustrations.

• Introduction by Linda Eaton, Foreword by Thomas Jayne

• Dimensions: 9" x 10.5"

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