These are some beautiful Antique Soup Tureens in many diferent shapes and sizes. The coleection started in 1966 through the inspiration of the late John T. Dorrance Jr. The first purchase was an American silver tureen with the coat of arms of George Washington. During the next few years the number grew to include ceramic and precious metals from around the world.
At the top you are rewarded with a great view of the reflecting pool! In 1929 Henry Francis DuPont planned a major enlargement of the house and gardens. He commisioned his lifelong friend, Landscape Architect Marian Coffin, to design the garden. Coffin was inspired symmetry, proportions & architectural features of Italian Renaissance gardens.
Al the gardens are full of beautiful European fountains and statues. Take a walk through the many gardens and enjoy the wonderful flowers and nature. Just off to the left of the Reflecting Pool is the Enchanted Woods for the kids, many things to keep them busy while you rest!
Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969) was quite a gardener, and he might have still been alive when I visited Winterthur in the spring and summer of 1969.
As a young man, he had taken classes at the Arnold Arboretum and he planted his first narcissus bulbs at Winterthur in 1902. He worked with MIT-trained landscape architect Marian Coffin on nearly 70 acres of gardens and a model 2400-acre farm.
Although I didn't take any of the tours, I did walk around the gardens at lunch between house tours. The gardens really impressed me because they were in natural settings with a succession of bloom which I have tried to emulate at my own home, of course on a much restricted budget, with a lot less space than Winterthur's 982 acres.
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Museum & Garden 10 am-5 pm, Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Mondays (except holidays), Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day
One of the garden tours is:
* The Lyrical Landscape*: (April-June, Saturdays & Sundays): Enjoy a guided walk through the blooming landscape and learn about Henry Francis du Pont's secrets of naturalistic garden design and detail.
Adults, $20, students/seniors (age 62+), $18 .
In 1969 when we were living in Philadelphia, my family (including at least 2 children under 8) visited Winterthur and did the family accessible section of the museum.
I remember that we saw four or five rooms similar to the ones that I saw later in the main museum. I think this would have been something similar to
# Gracious Living: View American furnishings from the 1600s to the 1800s in rooms designed by H. F. du Pont.
New is the Once Upon a Family Tour: Tuesday-Sunday, 12:30pm. Learn about the lifestyle of the du Pont family while exploring period rooms and garden spaces where they played, worked, and entertained. - designed especially for families with children age 4–12
Family-friendly tours are open to all ages. Adults, $20; students/seniors (age 62+), $18
Then I called and made reservations to come back by myself (my sister babysat my kids for me) to take two of the Focus Tours
Currently this is $30 per tour (a $10 upgrade from the Winterthur Experience)
* Furniture Focus
* Living with Ceramics
* Decorating with Textiles
* Winterthur Then and Now
* Conservation (first Wednesday of every month)
For visitors age 8 and over. Members, $10; students/seniors (age 62+), $28
I'm pretty sure that at least one of the tours I took was Decorating with Textiles (or the equivalent), because at the time I was particularly interested in crewel and needlepoint, and was starting to design my own needlepoint pieces.
The Reflecting Pool is a wonderful garden area designed in 1929 by architect/ landscaper Marian Coffin, with many places to sit, and lot of large marble outcoves with benches if it starts raining. There are water fountains every where!
This house is architectually magnificent with gables and arches and collonades and super-high vaulted ceilings and tapestried walls. The furniture is esquisite and covers several 19th-early-20th century fashions. The silverware and china are sparkling and diverse from room to room. There is ornately carved molding and balconies with great views over the estate. You can go on a gathering tour (impromptu mass of people) or for an extra fee, you can have a private tour.
Of course, there is a huge gift shop and they have a very nice restaurant/lounge with indoor and outdoor seating.
The whole thing was a hefty $15 dollars per person for the mansion tour not including the garden tour, the food costs and the souveniers. But they did provide free bottled water (very hot that day) and the tram ride to/from the parking lot.
This tureen Was made in France or Italy between 1720 & 1750, said to have been made for Prince Marc de Beauvan-Craon. This one is very large. early eighteenth-century Europe. Omula-Brass Tureen.
Soo many more beautiful Tureens. As you walk into the Libray you are greeted by hundreds of antique soup tureens, some dating back to early 17th century.