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Chicago Design Blog | Material Girls | Chicago Interior Design » 2009 » May

 I  recently visited the city on the Charles River and was reintroduced to one of my passions.  I think that I have been around awhile and was either the owner or most probably just a lady-in-waiting of some fantastic castle or colonial plantation.

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Oil portraits of long ago make me soooo happy and it most certainly is not because of the smiles on their faces!  While visiting the Museum of Fine Arts, I stumbled upon an exhibit of the works of John Singleton Copley who unexpectedly illuminated America’s colonial sky.  Typically displayed in the halls, parlors, and dining rooms of homes decorated with Chippendale-style furniture, Rococo tea sets, and other fine things, Copley’s portraits became centerpieces in the stagecraft of elite, eighteenth-century life.  As a result, Copley’s work saturated the market to a degree perhaps unprecedented in the history of art and contributed vitally to the forging of social identity for the American merchant class.  In good order, we find Paul Revere, John Hancock, John Adams and an early Material Girl, Rebecca Boylston Gill.  I think that they all would have looked even more lovely seated in a modern “Louis” chair by sixinch out of Belgium.  Love to mix the old with the new as always!

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P.S. First post on new site so forgive me my awful image juxtaposition!!

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