Orchestrating Elegance: Apter Fredericks at The Clark

Several months ago, we were approached by Kathleen Morris, curator of decorative arts and acting senior curator at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  She was putting together an exhibition called “Orchestrating Elegance: Alma-Tadema and the Marquand Music Room.” 

The exhibition, and its accompanying catalogue, focuses on the famous music room designed by Alma-Tadema for the New York mansion of Henry Gurdon Marquand.  The extraordinary suite of furniture made for this room, of which the Clark owns the grand piano and matching piano stools, was fabricated in London according to Alma-Tadema’s designs by Johnstone, Norman & Co.

We were asked if we would be kind enough to provide an example of one of the expanding on telescoping dining tables made by this firm, or their direct predecessors Johnstone & Jeanes.  The firm was well-known for this patented table, and took care to keep control of the patent, even during changes to the firm principles.

Happily, we had a suitable example in stock which we were able to loan, and now the table is proudly on display in Williamstown. The exhibition runs from 4 June to 4 September 2017.  Further details about the exhibition can be found here: http://clarkart.edu/Mini-Sites/Orchestrating-Elegance/Exhibition