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About Caroline Cole

Caroline Cole

Caroline Cole joined Rienzi as curatorial assistant in 2010, after completing her M.A. in the history of decorative arts and design at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and Parsons School for Design in New York City, and a B.A. from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. 

Posts by Caroline Cole, page 4

  1. 27 Sep
    Tue / 2011
    In preparing for "English Taste," we spent considerable time at the dining tables of 18th-century England, but on the way stopped into the annals of 21st-century technology.

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  2. 26 Sep
    Mon / 2011
    This is our second week hosting English Taste – the grandest eighteenth-century dinner party in Houston – and now that the rush of opening has subsided, we are ready to celebrate in the appropriate fashion. If you join us at this Thursday’s punch party, you will share in a delightful cup of history, and to that end, here is a bit more on the tale of English punch:   The popularity of alcoholic punch in...

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  3. 22 Sep
    Thu / 2011
     In lieu of our upcoming Punch Party (September 29th, buy your tickets now!), I am reviving some notes on a Gallery Talk I held last October, on a curious item from Rienzi’s collection – a punch pot, from 1765, by the Worcester Porcelain Manufactory[i] :   Alcoholic punch was consumed throughout the eighteenth century, however, the punch pot – a form resembling an overblown teapot – appeared in England only at about 1750, falling out of...

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  4. 08 Jul
    Fri / 2011
    The opening of a photography exhibition has been turning heads at the MFAH in recent days.  Helmut Newton: White Women, Sleepless Nights, Big Nudes will be on view through the end of September, featuring images from the famed fashion photographer’s first three books. While there are no satellite exhibitions planned for Rienzi, and I can’t speak for any sleepless nights at the house, we are home to a few White Women, Big Nudes… Rienzi houses two...

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  5. 07 Jul
    Thu / 2011
    If you step into the Breakfast Room at Rienzi you might come across two guests of the house – Sir Francis and Lady Dashwood have been residing along the far wall for the past few months. Sir Francis and Lady Dashwood at West Wycomb Park, by Nathaniel Dance from 1776, is part of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Collection managed by the MFAH, and is on temporary loan to Rienzi.  We are lucky to host such a prominent...

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