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Friday Photos: Downton Abbey at the DMA

If you’re an anglophile like me, you are probably eagerly anticipating the premier of the fourth season of Downton Abbey this weekend! Yes, we’ll miss the characters we lost last season, but it will be nice to return to the opulence, extravagance, and intrigue that is British nobility of the early twentieth century.

In my enthusiasm for the premier on Sunday, I decided to explore the DMA’s decorative arts collection for pieces that may have decorated manors similar to the Crowley’s home. Check out some of the stunning works below for a taste of Downton style at the DMA!

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And don’t forget to tune in to PBS at 8pm on Sunday to find out what happens next at the dramatic Downton Abbey!

Artworks shown:

  • Girandole mirror, 1810-1830,Dallas Museum of Art, The Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Collection, anonymous gift, United States or England, Probably New York
  • Toilet service, c. 1675-1695, Jacob Bodendick, English, born Germany, active 1661-1688,  Robert Cooper, English, active 1664 – 1717, Andrew Raven, English, active 1697 – 1728, Dallas Museum of Art, the Karl and Esther Hoblitzelle Collection, gift of the Hoblitzelle Foundation by exchange,
  • Water kettle on stand, 1747, Thomas Gilpin, British, active c. 1730 – 1758, Dallas Museum of Art, anonymous gift, England, London
  • Portrait of the Honorable Mrs. Seymour Bathurst, 1828, Sir Thomas Lawrence, British, 1769 – 1830, Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, Mrs. John B. O’Hara Fund
  • Huntingdon wine cistern, 1761-1762, Abraham Portal, English, 1726 – 1809, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mrs. Patricia D. Beck, England, London
  • Tureen, c. 1720, Worchester Royal Porcelain Company, Worchester, England, Gift of Margaret Sutherland Coleman
  • Rug, c. 1840, England, Reeves Collection
  • Side chair, c. 1830-1860, England, Reeves Collection
  • Pair of Chairs, c. 1830-1860, England, Reeves Collection
  • Work table, c. 1830-1860, England, Reeves Collection

Hayley Prihoda
McDermott Intern for Gallery and Community Teaching

Untitled – Creating Art Ball 2013

Held every spring, the DMA Art Ball is one of the Museum’s largest fundraising events, and this year it exceeded all expectations! The reviews are raves for the entertainment, live and silent auctions, seated dinner in an expansive tent on the Museum’s Ross Avenue Plaza, and high-energy After Party in another tent at the Flora Street Entrance. Under the leadership of co-chairs Jennifer Karol and Catherine Rose, Untitled: Art Ball 2013 raised an impressive $2,250,000 to help the Museum in many areas, including conservation, technology, and the recent return to free general admission for all. How did we transform Ross Avenue Plaza into an elaborate venue? Watch the video below to see how the massive tent was constructed:

A highlight of the evening was the video Downtown Artsy, created as a thank you to the evening’s very generous sponsors. It featured DMA Director Maxwell Anderson as “Lord Grantham” and Mayor Rawlings as his valet, along with other local celebrities.

Debbie Stack is Director of Special Events and Volunteer Relations at the DMA.


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