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More Collections on the Go…

Beauport's amethyst glass window in New York

In New York City, Ari Koppelman, chairman of Chanel, Inc., and of the Winter Antiques Show, opened the 56th annual exhibition at the Park Avenue Armory on January 21. One hundred ten Historic New England supporters were on hand for the “Philanthropists Opening,” one of the most important events of the museum and antiques world each year.  Historic New England presented the one museum exhibition included in the show, Colonial to Modern: A Century of Collecting at Historic New England. Fifty stellar items from our collection–including the amethyst glass window from Beauport– were beautifully presented to illustrate the range of the organization’s 36  houses and collections, from folk art to high style and from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries.

Portrait of Woman and Quillwork in Shadowbox, possibly Italian 1700-1750

But don’t worry if you missed it, there are more collections from Beauport on the move.  This weekend is the opening of “Papers Capers” at the Wenham Museum in Wenham, MA.  This exhibit details the role paper played in the lives of families from the 17th century to today. (

Historic New England has loaned two paper quillwork shadow boxes that normally hang in the Pineapple Room at Beauport.  Quilling is a form of paper art that has been around for hundreds of years.  As early as the 1500s, monks were using it as a decoration for their manuscripts, often in imitation of scrolled ironwork.  Originally, the strips of paper were coiled around the end of a quill pen, hence the term quilling or quillwork.  Another term, paper filigree, came about because the end result had the artwork looking as if it were made of ivory or very fine wood.   Celebrate the opening of the exhibit this Sunday, February 7 at 2 PM with a paper snowflake party and curator-led tour.



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Collections On The Go

amethyst glass windowThe house may have closed for the season on October 15, but you can still get your Beauport fix this winter.  

Sleeper was known for his distinctive collections of objects placed in specific arrangements throughout the house.  This year, one of these arrangements will be disassembled and shipped to New York as part of the 2010 Winter Antiques Show.  The ‘amethyst window’ arrangement, which is set within a passageway from the Octagon Room to the Golden Step Room, features different shapes and sizes of amethyst glass set within a Gothic window. 

The Winter Antiques Show in New York is one of America’s most prestigious venues for fine and decorative arts. Founded in 1954 to benefit the East Side House Settlement, a social service organization supporting families and community development, the Winter Antiques Show has long set the standard for antiques shows nationwide. It sparked the creation of “Americana Week” in New York, where exhibits, auctions and events celebrate collecting. Attracting top American and international dealers and celebrity crowds, the 56th Winter Antiques Show will be held from January 22 to 31, 2010, at the National Historic Landmark Park Avenue Armory in New York City, with the celebrated opening night party on Thursday, January 21.

In celebration of Historic New England’s centennial, the 2010 exhibition will be Colonial to Modern: A Century of Collecting at Historic New England. In keeping with the antiques and works of art showcased at the show, where each object is authenticated by a committee of 160 experts and range in date from antiquity to 1969, Historic New England will present a survey exhibit showing some of the finest objects from our collection of nearly four hundred years of New England heritage. Our focus will be great objects with great stories – such as the Quincy family’s Boston-made Japanned high chest, a 1735-45 tour de force of furniture, which comes from one of New England’s most influential families and has survived two fires.

Historic New England has long been active at the Winter Antiques Show, working with dealers who support our collecting efforts, and hosting an annual reception for Appleton Circle members at a different private home or collection each year. For 2010, the organization’s involvement will be expanded with participation at the opening night party and through a series of lectures about our properties, collections and work, which will be offered for the public in the historic Veterans Room, designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and fellow members of Associated Artists.

Major donors to Historic New England’s centennial initiatives or this exhibition will receive Winter Antiques Show tickets allowing the highest level of access to the show. For more information on special donor opportunities, opening night festivities, and other events, please contact the development office at or at 617-227-3956.

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Calendar of Events

Beauport.harborThe 2009 tour season at Beauport is in full force so come out and join us for an event!  Advance registration is required.  Information on all Historic New England events as well as online registration can be found here:  

Wine at Twilight(August 21, 6:30-9pm): Begin the evening with a house tour as the setting sun glints off the colored glass in the Golden Step Room, and admire Sleeper’s magical lighting effects throughout the interior.  Then join us for a twilight wine tasting on the Beauport terrace, with its breathtaking harbor views. ($30 Members/ $40 Nonmembers)

Picnic By the Sea(August 27, 1-4pm): Celebrate the Year of the Kitchen with a catered buffet lunch on the grounds.  This family friendly event offers the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely afternoon with delicious New England fare and breathtaking views of the harbor.  Bring chairs or a blanket to sit on.  Guided tours on the hour.  ($15 Members/ $25 Nonmembers/ $10 children 12 and under)

Nooks and Crannies Tour (September 12 and October 10, 9am-1pm): This leisurely behind-the-scenes tour of Henry Davis Sleeper’s summer retreat allows plenty of time to explore each room and includes passageways, closets, and other spaces not usually open to the public.  Guides highlight their favorite objects and share rarely told stories about Sleeper, his friends, and staff.  Light refreshments are included.  ($15 Members/ $22 Nonmembers)

Eastern Point Walking Tour(September 19, 10am-1pm): Enjoy this engaging tour of the Eastern Point neighborhood surrounding Beauport.  In the early years of the twentieth century, Eastern Point became a summer playground for Boston elite, specifically Henry Davis Sleeper and his social circle.  Learn about this neighborhood’s rich history and the colorful denizens of the “Dabsville” community while enjoying breathtaking views of the harbor.  Tour is followed by light refreshments and a tour of Beauport. ($15 Members/ $25 Nonmembers)

Please join us before the tour season ends on October 15!

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