ANTIQUES; The Dowry, Wherein Love Meets Money

ANTIQUES; The Dowry, Wherein Love Meets Money

If, as Jane Austen’s novels inform us, life is mostly about love and cash, then a dowry is when the 2 intersect.

Dowries — the home that a bride’s family members provides her spouse upon the wedding — would be the topic of a exhibition that is new the Mingei Overseas Museum of Folk Art in north park. Concentrating on dowries in Eastern Europe, the show provides a romantic view of domestic life in your community through the 1850’s to World War II, with a few anthropology that is fascinating in.

The show, which operates through might, possesses complete variety of the hand-woven textiles that young girls labored over for a long time with their trousseaus; they do not phone it a hope upper body for absolutely absolutely absolutely nothing. Included are 30 items of painted furniture, that was usually element of a dowry; photographs of such furniture is seen in »Painted Furniture» by Nancy Schiffer (Schiffer Publishing), out this season.

The textiles are from the assortment of Helene Baine Cincebeaux and her mother, Helen Zemek Baine, whom traveled to remote villages in Slovakia, Moravia and Bohemia within the 1960’s and 70’s in search of wedding crowns, sleep hangings, shawls and christening gowns.

»Women would invite us house and start their cupboards to us,» Mrs.