A Half-Day Trip to Burlington, Kentucky

– Sunday, August 13th, 2017 –

A comfortable bus trip to Burlington, Kentucky, with brunch provided.

“Tour of the Dinsmore Homestead:
Five Generations of Antiquity Linking
the Present to the Past”

by Stewart S. Maxwell

Originally a native of New Hampshire, James Dinsmore (1790-1872) married in 1829 Martha Macomb (1797-1859), daughter of a prominent merchant and land speculator. It was her family’s New York City home which was provided to George Washington for 6 months in 1790 as the Presidential Mansion.

As an 1813 Dartmouth College graduate, James studied law, but chose instead to become a sugar planter in Natchez, Mississippi and later Louisiana. Becoming wealthy from sugar cane and cotton, he grew tired of fluctuating prices and the uncertainty of these markets, deciding instead to become a diversified, scientific farmer through the cultivation of grapes. In 1839, James purchased 700 acres in Boone County, Kentucky near the Ohio River and his favorite uncle, Silas Dinsmoor of Belleview. Moving his family to their new home in 1842, the Dinsmores took up residency for 5 generations before deciding to turn their farm into a museum and foundation in 1988.

Today, nearly all of the family’s accumulated contents of their home and outbuildings have survived, including over 90,000 pages of documents consisting of family letters, journals, and business records. Additionally, the home is a treasure trove of artwork, furniture, and decorative art objects collected by this important American family through the ages.

Afterwards, we shall return to our bus and travel to the Greyhound Tavern for a delicious brunch buffet of breakfast and lunch fare for our delight.

“Dinsmore Homestead” in Burlington, Kentucky, 1842

There is an additional fee
for Bus Tour and Brunch.

FREE September Lecture

The DASC announces that this lecture
shall be FREE to the public.

Lecture and Reception

– Sunday, September 10th, 2017 –

2:00 P.M. at the Cincinnati Art Museum in the Fath Auditorium.

“Of Apples and Things”

by Dr. Benedict Leca

If our speaker’s name looks familiar, it is because Benedict Leca was formerly the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Curator of European Painting. While there, he was impressed with several Paul Cézanne works in the Art Museum’s collection, particularly “Still Life with Bread and Eggs,” a painting donated by Mary E. Johnston. This oil painting led Dr. Leca in developing a Cézanne exhibition, catalogue, and our lecture focusing on his still lifes. In fact, when the Barnes Foundation opened their new Philadelphia museum, Dr. Leca for this exhibition, “The World Is An Apple – The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne,” assembled from around the world what are recognized as the artist’s finest still life examples, held in an institution noted for its outstanding Cézanne collection.

Not only will the career of this great French Post-Impressionist painter be discussed, Dr. Leca will also review his still life paintings and the decorative art objects used in their compositions.

Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the Redwood Library and Athenaeum in Newport, Rhode Island in 2015, Dr. Leca was Chief Curator and Director of  Curatorial Affairs at  the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario from 2012 to 2014, and Curator of European Painting, Sculpture, and Drawings at the Cincinnati Art Museum (2007-2012). He became the first Andrew Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in the French Paintings Department at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (2003-2007).

Dr. Leca received both his B.A. in English Literature and his M.A. in the History of Art specializing in ancient art at the University of Texas, and achieved his Ph.D. in the History of Art at Brown University with a specialization in 18th-century French painting and printmaking.


Still Life 1892-94 by Paul Cézanne

Still Life with Bread and Eggs, 1865 by Paul Cézanne

Self-Portrait with Palette, ca. 1892-94 by Paul Cézanne

The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center

“The night of the summer solstice. Girl picking the fern bloom”

by Aka Pereyma

Indian Creek Distillery

A Day Trip to Troy, Ohio

– Sunday, October 15th, 2017 –

A comfortable bus trip to Troy, Ohio, with lunch and reception provided.

“Tour of Troy, Ohio: Frontier Opportunity Merging with the Legends of Homer”

by Stewart S. Maxwell

Troy’s story began in 1808 when Pennsylvanian Benjamin Overfield decided to move west to this site along the Great Miami River. Establishing his tavern there, it still exists and is one of the many buildings of Troy listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which we shall visit.

The early citizens of Troy were Revolutionary War veterans or their sons who moved westward seeking fortunes. Since its establishment, innovation has always played an important role. By 1837, the Miami-Erie Canal came to Troy and allowed it to be connected to the world with this latest in transportation. Here, the Hobart Manufacturing Co., Hobart Brothers Co., and Weaver Aircraft Co. became leaders globally in their respective categories.

We shall tour the Troy Foundation, housed in the former 1921 Georgian Revival residence of Herbert Johnston, who was president of the Hobart Electric Co. Originally, the home’s lawn and gardens were designed by the noted firm of Frederick Law Olmsted. Next, we will visit the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center in a 1914 Tudor Revival mansion and that is devoted to the community’s interests in the arts. By bus, we will view the downtown area filled with fine 19th-century architecture, including a majestic Courthouse for Miami County which dominates the skyline with its prominent rotunda. On the Public Square is a sculpture entitled “Jacob’s Ladder,” created by the late Ukranian-born artist Aka Pereyma, who relocated to Troy.

A deluxe Sunday brunch buffet is being planned for us at Basil’s on Market, known for its delicious cuisine in a renovated 19th- century building in the heart of Downtown Troy.

The highlight of our trip shall be the chance to tour the 6 generation, 1825 home of the Staley family, to be led by descendant and current owner, Missy Duer. Filled with folk art and period antiques, it is a splendid residence for us to behold. Across the road, we will also have the privilege of visiting Mrs. Duer’s 198 year old Indian Creek Distillery, complete with a whiskey tasting and reception to follow.

There is an additional fee for Bus Tour, Lunch, & Reception.

Miami County Courthouse overlooking Troy, Ohio

Miami County Courthouse

FREE November Lecture

The DASC announces that this lecture
shall be FREE to the public.

Lecture and Reception

– Sunday, November 5th, 2017 –

2:00 P.M. at the Cincinnati Art Museum in the Fath Auditorium.

“What’s Hot and What’s Not:
Collecting Decorative Arts in a Down Market”

by Robert Cheney

The last decade and particularly the last eight years has brought shock to the antiques world as sale prices fell into a black hole to price levels not seen in twenty years. This free-fall brought an instant reminder to collectors that the antiques market is indeed a market, just like stocks, commodities, or real estate. Those who collected essentially for investment have taken a seat on a roller coaster, while wonderful opportunities remain unsold to an audience standing on the sidelines. This lecture will discuss the market for American Decorative Arts over the last eight years and the opportunities for those willing to take a leap of faith to experience, again, the more meaningful reasons for collecting.

Robert C. Cheney of Brimfield Massachusetts is a third generation clockmaker, restorer, conservator, dealer, and consultant to over 35 museums on antique clocks. He has recently retired as the Director of Clocks, Watches, and Scientific Instruments at Skinner Inc., Boston.

Eight-day clock
by James Wady, Newport, Rhode Island, ca. 1740.

The composite brass dial with “moon’s age” dial in the arch, subsidiary
dials for “Strike-Silent” and “High Tide” at Newport, R.I.’s harbor.

“Plum Pudding” mahogany block
and shell case; attr.
to Job Townsend.

Astronomical Regulator No. 396

Clock by William Bond & Son

of Boston, 1868.

Cherry and white pine case of drawers; attributed to Barrett’s Mill Shop of Concord, Mass., 1770-75.

Mahogany and white pine chest
of drawers from Barrett family; Boston, Mass., 1750-1775.

Young helper, Robert R. Cheney at age 6 “helping” dad repair the Aaron Willard, Jr. Boston tower clock,
made and given to the First Congregational Church in Grafton, Massachusetts in 1839.

Tour and Holiday Reception

– Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 –

2:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. at the Rauh / Flaherty House
near Wyoming

“A Festive Holiday Party at
the Rauh / Flaherty House”

by Stewart S. Maxwell

Saved from wrack and ruin, the Rauh House has been beautifully restored to its International Style origins. Built in 1938 for Frederick and Harriet Rauh and their two children, Emily and Louis, the home’s Cincinnati architect John Becker created one of America’s first modern residences atop a wooded hill on the outskirts of Wyoming and Woodlawn.

The Rauh / Flaherty House near Wyoming

Designed with a definite nautical theme emphasizing the horizontal by accentuating long balconies and terraces, the home was constructed of white-painted cinderblock with a flat roof. It has all the appearance of a ship sailing across the landscape in stark contrast to verdant nature. Containing an abundance of large windows and glass block walls, the Rauh House is filled with natural light and seen as being quite avant garde even by today’s standards.

Allowed to deteriorate, be abandoned and vandalized in recent years, this home was nearing demolition when the Rauh’s daughter, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, who married the grandson of famous newsman Joseph Pulitzer, purchased the home in 2011 and prevented it from obliteration. She made certain that the home received meticulous care in its restoration, and even replicated light fixtures and certain pieces of furniture to recapture the home’s classic contemporary look.

John Becker studied at Harvard and Washington Universities, and it was at the latter where he became a classmate of modern furniture designer/architect Charles Eames. In the Rauh House, Becker designed many built-in pieces of furniture to maintain the interior’s openess and free flow of space. Incidentally, Becker was married to Marion Rombauer Becker, editor of her best-selling cookbook, The Joy of Cooking.

The home’s current owner and passionate collector, Dr. Matthew Flaherty, has graciously opened it for our holiday party and tour. His handsome, discerning collection of Art Deco and Modern furnishings, coupled with numerous dramatic Russian Expressionist paintings of the period, allows seamless continuity in our appreciation of the Rauh House’s beauty.

Come join us for this festive holiday celebration held in one of America’s most architecturally significant residences. As in years past, musician Barbara Leeds will perform and put us all in the spirit of the season. To entice your taste buds, an elaborate catered buffet will be provided, while allowing further examination of this great achievement in modern architecture.


The Rauh House before

restoration in 2011

There is an additional fee for this Tour and Party.

10068 Leacrest Road

Cincinnati, Ohio 45215

Lecture and Reception

– Sunday, February 11th, 2018 –

2:00 P.M. at the Cincinnati Art Museum in the Fath Auditorium.

“A Revolution in Craftsmanship: Fate, Fashion, and Furniture in the War for Independence”

by Philip Zea

Telling the story of the American Revolution is often about the battlefield or the home front. Less discussed is the impact warfare had on the American marketplace and its artisans. With the colonies’ patrons staunchly believing that “English goods are ever the best!,” American craftsmen had to adapt and grow in creativity to fill this cultural void, at least until the war’s trauma passed.

Because our artisans developed almost overnight fine skills, inventiveness, and thrift in accommodating customers’ desires during the Revolution, it helped cultivate a confidence on our shores for the Neoclassical fashion which blossomed upon the conclusion of the war.

Philip Zea, President since 2003 of Historic Deerfield in north central Massachusetts, is our speaker who will probe this revolution in craftsmanship and its impact on the marketplace. Previously, he had been the Vice President for Museums and Collections of Historic New England in Boston between 2001 and 2003, as well as the Curator of Furniture at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia. A New Hampshire native, Mr. Zea holds degrees from Wesleyan University and the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at the University of Delaware. With Jean Burks, Mr. Zea has recently published in 2015 for the Shelburne Museum, Rich and Tasty: Vermont Furniture to 1850.

FREE February Lecture

The DASC announces that this lecture
shall be FREE to the public.

Desk-and-Bookcase, attr. Major Benjamin Frothingham,

before June 17, 1775. Courtesy Historic Deerfield

FREE March Lecture

The DASC announces that this lecture
shall be FREE to the public.

Kreines Lecture and Reception

– Sunday, March 11th, 2018 –

2:00 P.M. at the Cincinnati Art Museum in the Fath Auditorium & The Castellini Room.

– Designs On Film: A Century of Set Decor –

by Cathy Whitlock

Join author Cathy Whitlock as we receive an inside look at the role architecture and design play in the construction and production design of memorable sets on film from iconic classics to contemporary settings of today. Highlights will include scene images and sketches from Top Hat, The Fountainhead, Gone with the Wind to Something's Gotta Give, The Great Gatsby, and Oscar nominated films for Best Art Direction of 2017.

Cathy Whitlock, author of the book Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction, specializes in features on set decor, costume design, and celebrity profiles for American Airlines Celebrated Living, The Hollywood Reporter, and Traditional Home magazines.

The Kreines Lecture is an annual presentation on a decorative arts subject sponsored by Mrs. Barbara Kreines. The lecture series, established by her and her late husband Dr. Kenneth Kreines, promotes cutting-edge and non-traditional design topics in order to appeal to the broadest audience, as determined by Mrs. Kreines and the museum’s curatorial staff.

Designs On Film

2001: A Space Odyssey


A Day Trip to New Harmony, Indiana

– Sunday, April 15th, 2018 –

A comfortable bus trip to New Harmony, Indiana,
with lunch and reception provided.

“Tour of New Harmony, Indiana:
Dreaming of Utopia Along the Wabash”

by Stewart S. Maxwell

During the early 19th-century, settlements along the Wabash River in southwestern Indiana became the site of two attempts to establish Utopia. The first, named Harmonie (1814-1825), was founded by separatists from the German Lutheran Church, led by Johann Georg Rapp. With their strong work ethic and devout religious beliefs, Harmonie achieved amazing economic success in a 10 year period. Robert Owen, a Welsh industrialist and social reformer, purchased the town in 1825 intending to create a new utopian community, and it was renamed “New Harmony.” In pursuit of a perfect society, Owen established free education, the abolition of social classes and personal wealth, and encouraged world-renowned scientists and educators to settle there. Although an economic failure in just two years, New Harmony made important contributions to society including the first free library, a civic drama club, and a public school system for boys and girls.

Many of the town’s early 19th-century buildings have been restored in the historic district, which we will explore. In juxtaposition, there are outstanding examples of modern architecture including The Roofless Church, designed by Philip Johnson in 1960, and The Athenaeum, designed by Richard Meier in the late 1970’s.

New Harmony also boasts two labyrinths which contain a single winding path to their centers, meant to mirror our soul’s life pilgrimage.

Lunch will be at the Red Geranium, well-known for delicious cuisine. Before returning home, a wine and cheese reception is being planned.

Harmony Society Buildings

The Athenaeum by Richard Meier

Original Settlement

The Labyrinth

There is an additional fee for Bus Tour, Lunch, & Reception.

Downtown New Harmony, Indiana

The town of “New Harmony,” as envisioned by Robert Owen

Water Cooler by Henry Lowndes, Petersburg, VA, 1840-1842

Salt-Glazed Stoneware in Early America

Lecture and Dinner Meeting

– Friday, May 18th, 2018 –

6:00 P.M. at the Cincinnati Country Club in Hyde Park.

“Collecting  American-Made: From a Tennessee Face Jug to a New York Coffeepot”

by Suzanne Findlen Hood

Founded in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s first objects collected were buildings. Soon, efforts began to outfit domestic interiors of good quality furniture, silver, and paintings which were probable to homes of this colonial era.

With the formation of Williamsburg’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in 1957, the role of American-made ceramics and their appreciation changed significantly Colonial Williamsburg’s collection. Our speaker, Suzanne Findlen Hood, will discuss their assemblage of American-made ceramics, changing interpretations, and some fortunate discoveries.

Ms. Hood is the Curator of Ceramics and Glass at Colonial Williamsburg, where she has had the privilege of working since 2002. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, and a Master of Arts degree from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at the University of Delaware. Ms. Hood’s research has focused on ceramics of 17th and 18th-century America with a particular emphasis on its archeology, Chinese export porcelain, salt-glazed stoneware, and British pottery.  With co-author and curator Janine Skerry, they published Salt- Glazed Stoneware in Early America in 2009, and Ms. Hood currently has an exhibit on view at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum entitled “China of the Most Fashionable Sort: Chinese Export Porcelain in Colonial America.”

Because this is our last gathering of the season, we
will celebrate by holding this lecture and dinner meeting
at the elegant Cincinnati Country Club in Hyde Park;
there is an additional charge for this event.