Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) has extended the exhibition Living in Style: Selections from the George Way Collection of Dutch Fine and Decorative Art until December 16, 2018.
Featuring more than one hundred 17th and 18th Century Dutch items from the Netherlands — including 22 oil paintings, a rich diversity of interior furnishings, and decorative and utilitarian objects — the exhibition is installed in a period room in the historic Jean Hasbrouck House (ca. 1721) and celebrates the Dutch culture that flourished in the 1600s and 1700s in New York State’s New Netherland Colony.
Highlights from the George Way Collection include two elaborately carved side chairs based on the engraved designs of Daniel Marot, a French Huguenot architect and designer largely responsible for the interiors at William of Orange’s palace at Het Loo, The Netherlands. Marot worked for William before and after the latter became co-regent of England, Ireland, and Scotland with his wife Mary II. The chairs feature serpentine stretchers, trumpet legs, and ball feet, all typical of the Dutch “Golden Age,” an unprecedented era of economic prosperity and high artistic achievement in the arts and sciences.
Oil paintings of portraits, interiors, and genre scenes, Delft ceramics, and other decorative pieces adorn the room. Iron and brass utensils are featured in the jambless fireplace.
Other furnishings in the period room include a tulip carved lift-top chest with the initials of its original owners and dated 1701; graduated chest of drawers; barley twist walnut stool, and; rare, carved rack designed to hold 14 pipes.
George Way will lead private exhibition tours Sunday, September 16, and Sunday, October 14, at 2 pm. Private tours are $20 ($18 for seniors, active military members, veterans, students, and members). To register click here.
The exhibition may also be viewed as part of regular HHS tours. Ninety-minute tours of the HHS campus are available hourly beginning at 10 am, with the last tour departing the DuBois Fort Visitor Center at 4 pm. Guided tours are $15 (10% off for seniors and Friends of Historic Huguenot Street). Free for SUNY New Paltz students, children under 12, and active military families as part of the Blue Star Museums program. Public programs are offered year-round.
Photo of Living in Style exhibit by On Location Studios.