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Hats Off!
The bonnets are ancient accordions in dark silk, and the calot is a waterfall of lavender. The Mongolian hat is a golden peak rising from a ruff of fur, and comes with a little set of earmuffs to match.
The Textile Lab at the de Young stores and maintains these hats and nearly 500 more, all part of the Museums’ huge textile collection.  

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The Secret Russian

The hat had been sitting there in the dark for years, unremarked upon. Its swirl of freshwater pearls, the imperial double eagle on the front, the decoration of thick gold braid on red velvet; none of it was included in the simple description—“Woman’s Fez”— in the Museums’ records.

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Handmade, Heartfelt
Photo courtesy of Shapes & Colors Textiles
The Holiday Artisan Fair at the de Young offers a unique variety of gifts for everyone on your list. Now in its eighth year, the season’s best shopping event features 17 of the Bay Area’s top artisans displaying their unique wares.
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Definitely Not Boring Brown: the Legion of Honor’s BVRB Writing Table

Catherine Coueignoux is an associate object conservator with an expertise in furniture conservation. In this post from the object conservation lab, she discusses a decorative technique known as marquetry used in the making of an 18th-century French writing table.

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Decoding paper: Secrets of a Renaissance Print
Working in the paper lab

Works on paper often have a long history and hide many clues that tell their story. Take a closer look and the artwork might reveal some of its secrets.

In the first in a series focusing on the hidden world of works on paper, FAMSF paper conservators take a look at Ugo da Carpi’s The Surprise, on view until October 5 in The Poetry of Parmigianino's "Schiava Turca" at the Legion of Honor.

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Accidental Collectors: Robert and Jane Meyerhoff’s Modernism Collection
Robert and Jane Meyerhoff at the National Gallery of Art, October 24, 1988

In 1987, Jane and Robert Meyerhoff announced their pledge to donate their art collection to the National Gallery of Art, including many of the works currently on view in the de Young’s special exhibition Modernism from National Gallery of Art.  But before they were given to the nation, these works first made up a personal collection that the couple had built and lived with for many years.

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