Native American blankets displayed in Anderson House, Washington, DC (1910).*

“Tea & Talk” —  Larz & Isabel Anderson: Gilded Age Globetrotting Collectors

Lecture by Isabel L. Taube and Skip Moskey

Tuesday, August 7th at 4:00 pm
Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum
104 Walker St
Lenox, MA 01240

$26 with an advance reservation and $32 the day of the event. Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. For reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206.

Isabel Weld Perkins (1876–1948) and Larz Anderson (1866–1937) were a wealthy, well-connected, cosmopolitan, and intellectually curious Gilded Age couple who traveled the globe assembling a collection of objects that they displayed in their homes in Brookline, Massachusetts, and Washington, DC. They regarded themselves as citizens of the world and visually reinforced this idea with the arrangements of their collection in their homes. After an introduction to the Andersons’ approach to collecting and displaying objects, this presentation will explore one case study in depth—their acquisition and arrangement of Native American pots and blankets, primarily Zuni, acquired in New Mexico in 1904 with the help of a now-controversial Smithsonian ethnologist, Matilda Coxe Stevenson (1849–1915).

The speakers were responsible for the 2014 rediscovery of the Andersons’ Native American collection, once presumed to be lost, in long-term storage at a Boston museum. The presentation is drawn from their ongoing study of the highly eclectic Gilded Age interiors of both Anderson homes and will include many rare period views of interiors and collections.

Native American pottery displayed in Anderson House, Washington, DC (1910).*


*Photos: Frances Benjamin Johnston (1910). Anderson Collection, Society of the Cincinnati, Washington, DC.


Other Upcoming Events:
November 1, 2018 – Chilton Club, Boston, MA (Private Event)
November 17, 2018 – Daughters of the American Revolution of the State of France, Rochambeau Chapter, Paris, France (Private Event)

Past Events:
January 2014 – Belgian Council of State, Brussels, Belgium
January 2014 – American Library in Paris, France
May 27, 2016 – Harvard Club of Washington, DC
July 13, 2016 – Metropolitan Club in the City of Washington, DC
July 16, 2016 – Private Book Discussion Group, Washington, DC
July 20, 2016 –  A Celebration of the Gift and History of Larz Anderson Park, Brookline, MA
August 13, 2016 – The President Woodrow Wilson House, Washington, DC
September 9, 14, 24, 2016 – A Walk Through Washington’s Gilded Age, Washington, DC
September 13, 2016 – Society of the Cincinnati, Washington, DC
September 28, 2016 – Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
October 5, 2016 – Waterworks Museum, Boston, MA
October 6, 2016 – New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord, NH
October 25, 2016 – American Library in Paris, Paris, France
November 30, 2016 – University Club of Washington, DC
February 16, 2017 – Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA
May 19, 2017 – Association of Oldest Inhabitants, Washington, DC
June 11, 2017 – Mansions of the Gilded Age Symposium, Lyndhurst/National Trust for Historic Preservation, Tarrytown, NY
June 14, 2017 – Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati, Annual Conference, Washington, DC
April 12, 2018 – Victorian Society in America Metropolitan Chapter, New York, NY

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