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February 15, 2005

CW presents "The Decorative Arts of Holland in the Age of William and Mary"

Colonial Williamsburg will present an intriguing lecture, “The Decorative Arts of Holland in the Age of William and Mary,” using splendid and colorful examples of Dutch designs, including furniture, silver and Delft ceramics that ultimately inspired many 17th- and 18th-century developments in American decorative arts.

Presented by Reinier Baarsen of the Rijksmuseum, one of the largest art museums in Amsterdam, the lecture will be given at 5 p.m. March 22 in the Hennage Auditorium of Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Admission is included in museum admission.

In the age of William of Orange, stadholder, or deputy, of the Dutch Republic as well as king of England, Northern European decorative arts were strongly international in scope. King Louis XIV of France provided much of the inspiration from his court at Versailles, and French Huguenot refugees brought considerable skills to both Holland and England. The resulting Dutch decorative arts form a fascinating link between French prototypes and the better-known English adaptations.

Baarsen, Keeper of the Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Rijksmuseum, worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles before joining the Rijksmuseum. He has written numerous books and articles on 17th- and 19th-century European furniture and Dutch silver. In 1989, he co-curated “Courts and Colonies, The William and Mary Style in Holland, England and America” at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York and the Carnegie Institute of Arts in Philadelphia. In 1995 he organized an exhibition on 19th-century Dutch decorative arts and, in 2001, another on Rococo, both at the Rijksmuseum. He also has published a catalog of German furniture (1998) and a survey of 17th-century cabinets (2000) at the Rijksmuseum.

For program information call (757) 220-7724.

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Sophia Hart
(757) 220-7272