Provenance: Objects as Sources of History

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Published on March 11, 2014

Author: AdrieneKatz



PowerPoint presentation from History Camp 2014 in Cambridge, MA, discusses the new tour at Vermont's Shelburne Museum: "Exploring the Colonial Revival: Prentis and Stencil Houses." The presentation introduces the provenance of objects within these houses, as well as points out that the buildings are objects and are also sources of history and social relations. This presentation followed Alli Rico's introduction to provenance.

“Exploring Colonial Revival: Prentis and Stencil Houses” Tour and Presentation by Adriene Katz Chittenden South and Chittenden East Supervisory Unions History Camp 2014, Cambridge, MA

Whoam I? • Studied Art History during undergraduate years and received a Master’s in Museum Studies • Have been involved in the museum field for ten years, most recently worked for the Shelburne Museum in Vermont • Love researching Decorative Arts, Furniture, Material Culture, and Architecture • Exploring being a teacher for Social Studies, for the secondary level (7th-12th grades), and using material culture in the classroom High chest with Japanning, 1720-1750, Boston, MA, Shelburne Museum, VT

“Saltbox” of and inside Prentis House Cape Cod, Stencil House

In the mid-1950s, Katherine Prentis Murphy decorated the house with objects from her Candlelight Farm, Westbrook, CT. Faux marble floor painted in 2000. By the request of museum founder Electra Havemeyer Webb, the house moved from Hadley, MA, to Shelburne Museum in 1955.

From the advice of Henry Francis du Pont, Electra displayed some painted furniture. Electra Havemeyer Webb sought the sour milk stencils in the house, for the museum. She had the house moved to grounds in 1953.

Blue curtains, remade in 2000, thought to be inspired by the 18th c. textiles at the Metropolitan Museum, Prentis House Brown Pearl Hall, 1704, Period Room, MFA Boston Image of the Centennial Exposition taken from “Wallace Nutting and the Invention of the Old America”

Clock Jack, English, Prentis House Cradle, French Canadian, Prentis House Chair, American?, Stencil House

Prentis House in Colonial Homes magazine, 1983

 To explore the cultural and aesthetic values of a culture or an individual. Also: a museum’s values.  To learn about movements and/or events in history.  To share, and to story tell, happenings in history.

Any questions? Contact information: @appleandthebee & adriene.katz at Tiny furniture on view in the American Wing, MFA Boston

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