There are more than 90,000 pieces in the Winterthur Estate's decorative and fine arts collection. All of the pieces represent American culture from 1630 to 1860 and include categories like: ceramics, glass, furniture, metalwork, paintings and prints, and textiles and needlework.
Many of these pieces are standard American décor, but some of the most interesting pieces can be found in the Recent Discoveries category. Researchers are continuously attempting to find new information on pieces housed in Winterthur's collection. All sorts of exciting and interesting facts have been discovered over the years.
The New Acquisitions collection features all of the newest additions to the Winterthur Estate's collection. Some of the newest pieces include ceramics from 17th century England, a large chest from the Eastern shore of Virgina, dating from the late 16th century. These pieces and any more are being added to the collection quite frequently.
The original collection was started by founder Henry du Pont and he continued to add to it until his death in 1969. Thanks to generous donors and purchasing funds, new items are added to collection regularly.
There are various lectures, workshops, tours, galleries, online databases, and conferences at Winterthur, all with the mission of promoting education and cultural appreciation. Winterthur even offers two different Master's Degree programs (American material culture and art conservation) in partnership with the University of Delaware.
There have also been major works written about Winterthur including An American Vision: Henry Francis du Pont's Winterthur Museum, The Winterthur Guide to Recognizing Styles: American Decorative Arts from the 17th to the 19th Centuries, and Eye for Excellence: Masterworks from Winterthur. These are a few from the general collection of works regarding Winterthur, there are many more books available.
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