By Wayne Craven
The fashion designer of such landmarks because the Washington sq. Arch, the recent York usher in and Tiffany structures, and the houses of captains of yankee undefined, Stanford White is a mythical determine within the background of yank structure. but whereas the exteriors and ground plans of his designs were commonly studied and written approximately, no booklet has totally tested the opposite point of his occupation, which claimed at the least half his time and creativity. Wayne Craven's paintings deals the 1st research of Stanford White as an inside decorator and a broker in antiques and the high-quality arts.
Craven additionally deals a brilliant portrait of the sweeping social and cultural alterations occurring within the usa within the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries. He locations White's paintings as an inside decorator in the context of the lives and society of the nouveaux riches who outfitted unparalleled fortunes through the commercial Revolution. Rejecting the dominant middle-class tastes and values of the us, the Whitneys, Vanderbilts, Astors, Paynes, Mackays, and different prosperous big apple households observed themselves because the new aristocracy and wanted the status and trappings accorded to previous global the Aristocracy. Stanford White fulfilled their starvation for aristocratic reputation through decorating their glamorous 5th street mansions and new york estates with the sculptures, stained-glass home windows, coats of hands, and carved fireplaces of the eu earlier. inside decorators akin to White did greater than simply purchase unmarried items for those households. They bought complete rooms from palazzos, chateaux, villas, nunneries, and nation homes; had them dismantled; and shipped―both furniture and architectural elements―to their American consumers. via Stanford White's actions, Craven uncovers the generally, yet now not constantly, felony company of dealing in antiquities, as American funds entered and adjusted the eu artwork market.
Based at the records of the Avery Architectural Library of Columbia college and the New-York old Society, this ebook recovers a missed but major a part of White's profession, which lasted from the 1870s to his homicide in 1906. White not just set the bar for twentieth-century structure but additionally outlined the newly rising occupation of inside layout.
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Pierpont Morgan was similarly taken in when he thought he was buying the ancient bronze doors from the Cathedral of Bologna. Morgan and Yerkes asked the Duveens to look into these unscrupulous characters, which they did by sending Edward Fowles to make inquiries, and that is how Henry Duveen came to warn Stanford White to have nothing to do with Kopp. All that aside, White made numerous purchases from Kopp and even received the goods he bought. Count Boni de Castellane recalled another story of an American’s falling prey to her own acquisitiveness.
All this is very richly carved and gilded and genuine of the period. 2 Stanford White as Dealer in Antiquities 2 3 This letter was sent while White was remodeling the interior of William C. Whitney’s house at 871 Fifth Avenue, where White eventually installed in several major rooms the carved boiserie and ornate ceilings from a number of Old World mansions. Stefano Bardini of Florence could supply White with venerable partialor whole-room assemblages, with antique furnishings and paintings. The extensive inventory, such as that offered to White in Bardini’s galleries, appears in ﬁgure 1, and tapestries, ceilings, sculptures, furniture, and carpets of the kinds observed in this photograph regularly found their way into the interiors that White was executing in the United States.
1908). Duveen’s obtained many of its ﬁne French antique furnishings through the Lowengards. By the time White was doing business with Lowengard’s, Jules was running it; his son, Armand, succeeded him, but Armand eventually joined the ﬁrm of Duveen Brothers of London. Stanford White as Dealer in Antiquities 3 7 Lowengard’s could supply White with antiquities of the highest quality. Jules once offered him two ﬁne paintings by Jean-Baptiste Greuze, some bronze Renaissance statuettes, and “a set of very ﬁne Louis Seize tapestry chairs & sofa which would go very well in a drawing & dancing room especially with some Boucher tapestry!