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Lecture: A Very Chic World: Maison Jansen, Monarchical Finery, and the Modern Century by James Archer Abbott

5:30-6:15 pm   Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post's Dazzling Gems and The Mansion open for touring.
6:30-7:30 pm   Lecture (seating opens at 6:15 pm)
7:30 pm           Book Signing of JANSEN

About the Speaker

James Archer Abbott is director and curator of Johns Hopkins University's Evergreen Museum & Library in Baltimore. Formerly, he served as curator for the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, as well as an adjunct professor for the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Mr. Abbott also served as: Curator of Decorative Arts for The Baltimore Museum of Art; Curator of Collections and Coordinator of Education for Boscobel Restoration, Inc., in Garrison, New York; and a curator for the five properties of Historic Hudson Valley (formerly Sleepy Hollow Restorations), Tarrytown, New York. 

Mr. Abbott teaches and lectures on decorative arts and architecture. His publications include: 'JANSEN Furniture'; 'JANSEN'; 'Designing Camelot: The Kennedy White House Restoration' (co-authored with Elaine Rice); 'A Frenchman in Camelot: The Decoration of the Kennedy White House by Stéphane Boudin' (exhibition catalog for Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson); 'Classical to 19th Century America: The Influence of Barry Tracy on the Historic Interior'(exhibition catalog for Boscobel Restoration, Garrison-on-Hudson); 'Visions of Washington Irving: Selected Works from the Collections of Historic Hudson Valley' (exhibition catalog for Historic Hudson Valley, Tarrytown; co-authored with Kathleen Eagen Johnson). 

James Archer Abbott is a graduate of Vassar College (A.B., American History, 1986) and the State University of New York through the Fashion Institute of Technology (M.A., Museum Studies, cum laude, 1994). He also attended the Attingham Summer School for the Study of the Country House in Britain (1991).