upcoming events

Mar 1, 2018


Let's Talk Design!

Come at 5:30 PM to share a glass of wine or other beverage in the Rotunda before joining in a lively discussion at 6 PM about interior design, architecture, and creating environments in Memphis in this decade.

Designer and Decorative Arts Trust board member Lana Zepponi will moderate the panel featuring Greg Baudoin of Greg Baudoin Interior Design, Ann Parker of Parker Design Studio, and Barry Yoakum of Archimania. You will view images of their recent work and hear what inspires them and their clients to create unique and stunning homes and offices.

Add to the discussion by submitting your own question. Email lana@kitchensunlimited.net.

This event is free and open to the public. Please join us and bring your friends.

Location: Rotunda and Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art

Contact: Lana Zepponi

Mar 17, 2018

Waddesdon Manor V2

The Rothschild Family As Collectors, A High Victorian Legacy at Waddesdon Manor


From their origins in Frankfurt's Jewish ghetto, the Rothschilds became the most powerful banking family of the 19th century. The five brothers, symbolised by the five arrows on their family crest, set up a multinational bank in Europe's financial capitals.

Baron Ferdinand, the builder of Waddesdon Manor, was born in Paris, raised in Frankfurt and Vienna, and moved permanently to England in 1860. He married once to his distant cousin Evelina who died only one year later in childbirth along with their child. Ferdinand devoted his energy to travel and collecting works of art. He was intrigued by history, particularly of 18th century France, so when he decided to build a country home to impress his English and foreign visitors in Buckinghamshire, he looked to the chateaus of France for his model. His social circle spanned from the royals to historians, explorers and writers. He became a Member of Parliament and was a trustee of the British Museum.

Ulrich Leben is the Associate Curator of Furniture, The Rothschild Collection, at Waddesdon Manor and Special Exhibition Curator at the Bard Graduate Center in New York. He is a scholar of European decorative and fine arts and has lent his expertise to several international exhibitions. He will recount some of the history of the collection including stories of the many fascinating guests who visited.

The presentation will discuss recent discoveries as well as stories about the objects at Waddesdon. It is free and open to the public with museum admission. Please come and bring a friend.


Location: Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George

Apr 7, 2018


A Conversation With Marshall Watson

Decorative Arts Trust is pleased to announce our collaboration with ArtsMemphis during its annual fundraiser Art By Design. New York-based interior designer Marshall Watson will inaugurate a Saturday speaker series sponsored by Decorative Arts Trust. In keeping with DAT tradition, his talk will be free and open to the public. Those who wish may visit the designer vignettes by paying an admission charge.

Marshall Watson is best known for creating classic, light-filled and elegant interiors with a modern sensibility. Internationally recognized, his projects have spanned the globe from Cabo to Stockholm and across the United States. Winner of Traditional Home's "Designer of the Year" award and featured on Luxe's 2017 Gold List, Watson's work has been featured in numerous publications. His current projects include a Napa Valley winery, an estate in St. Louis, a cottage in Northern Michigan and numerous places in and around New York City.

Decorative Arts Trust will sell Marshal Watson's book The Art of Elegance during the event with all proceeds going to support the work of DAT.

Please help us celebrate this new opportunity to join forces with ArtsMemphis in supporting the arts in our city.

Location: 10:30 AM, Pipkin Building, East Parkway

Contact: Gail George

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