Home Is Where the Art Is

The Benton County Historical Society presented "Home Is Where The Art Is," an exhibition of decorative art from the museum's vast collection. The exhibition was open June 19 through August 22, 2009.

In the decorative arts, artists enrich our environment by embellishing everyday household objects. Decorative arts, including silver, glass, ceramics, textiles, and furniture, were the emphasis of the exhibition. Many of the historic objects on display came to BCHS from the Horner Museum in Corvallis and had not been seen publicly for decades.

Home Is Where The Art Is promotional postcard decorative arts museum exhibition

Highlights of the exhibition included artifacts from Champoeg and Corvallis communities dating to the 1840s, Victorian era home furnishings, and textiles, glass, china, and wood carvings from around the world. A few examples from the exhibition are shown here.

Art Deco salt and pepper shakers; Blue Wedgwood Pitcher, England 1891-1900; O.H. Copson ceramic plate; Florence Pattern Copeland Spode China; Dale Donovan Porcelain Vase; Dragon Motif Satsuma Porcelain; Etruscan Majolica Shell Pattern, mfg. 1880-1940; Festgesang Hand-painted Porcelain, by Kantler; Guy Fawkes Porcelain Figurine by Royal Doulton; Ludwig Wessel Vase, mfg. 1875-1910; Pink Lusterware Cup and Saucer; Pine Creek Plaque Decorated by E.T. Hurley; Small Rookwood Vase, 1921


Ceramics: Art Deco ShakersCeramics; Blue Wedgewood PitcherCeramics: O.H. Copson PlateCeramics: Copeland Spode ChinaCeramics: Dale Donovan VaseCeramics: Dragon Motif Satsuma PorcelainCeramics: Etruscan Majolica Shell Pattern

Ceramics: Festgesang Hand-painted PorcelainCeramics: Guy Fawkes Porcelain FigurineCeramics: Ludwig Wessel VaseCeramics: Pink LusterwareCeramics: Rockwood TileCeramics: Rockwood Vase

Belouchistan Rug; Chichi Rug; Saruk Carpet; Sumakh Rug; Wisconsin WPA Handicraft


Fiber: Belouchistan RugFiber: Chichi RugFiber: Saruk CarpetFiber: Sumakh RugFiber: Wisconsin WPA Handicraft

Painted Cabinet: Classique Reverse Painted Lamp; Leather Backed Chair; Needlepoint Chair; Seth Thomas Clock


Furnishings: Painted CabinetFurnishings: Classique LampFurnishings: Leather Backed ChairFurnishings: Needlepoint ChairFurnishings: Seth Thomas Clock

Daisy and Button Glass; Hand-blown Amber Glass Vase; Milkglass Hen on Nest Dish; Oregon Pioneer Artifact: Pickle Jar; Westward Ho Pickle Dish; Westward Ho Compote Dish


Glass: Daisy and ButtonGlass: Amber Glass VaseGlass: Milk Glass DishGlass: Pickle JarGlass: Westward Ho Compote Dish

Tableware; Grape Leaf Shaped Sterling Bonbon Dish; Sterling Bonbon Dish; Silver Serving Spoon; Silver Plated Spoon


Silver: TablewareSilver: Reed Barton DishSilver: Sterling Bonbon DishSilver: Avery SpoonSilver: Silver Plated Spoon

Brass Vase
Damascus, Syria

Other Metals

Other Metals: Syrian Brass Vase

Donor Carrie Pimm Cook describes the making of this bowl which she purchased in Damascus.

"In the ancient city of Damascus high wooden walls often surround a house and courtyard. On a side street was the sound of hammering on metal. The door in the wall was partly open. We peeked in.

There on the ground sat an Arab in his workshop.... Between the soles of his bare calloused feet he held THIS brass vase. He had already hammered it into shape. Now with a small hammer he was hitting a tool covered with fine sharp points, that lift little prongs on the brass. A paper design was on the ground beside him....

By the next morning our Arabian artist was hammering flexible wires of silver and copper into place on the sharp brass points. This also blunted the tips of nearby prongs. He could write his signature in silver wire.

The Moslem has many beautiful names of adoration for God besides Allah. Can you read them? This is THAT finished vase."

Myrtlewood Bowl and Cover; Japanese Plant Stand; Sequoia Bowl


Wood: Myrtlewood Bowl and CoverWood: Japanese Plant StandWood: Sequoia Bowl