This week is your last chance to get up close and personal with dozens of objects—furniture, ceramics, metals, glass and textiles—from the White House's permanent collection.
The objects are displayed in a special Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibition—"Something of Splendor: Decorative Arts from the White House"—which runs at the Renwick Gallery through Sunday, May 6.
"This exhibition allows visitors to explore the history of the decorative arts in the nation's foremost home. ... Many of these objects were made by the most celebrated craftsmen of their time, and some have never been seen outside of the White House," according to the museum's website.
"Objects in the exhibition range from a box lined with wallpaper used in the White House prior to its burning in 1814 to a gilded Herter Brothers armchair from 1875 to a coverlet embroidered by First Lady Grace Coolidge between 1925 and 1927 to a service plate from the 1982 Reagan state china," the website continued.
To design the exhibition, "White House curator William Allman worked carefully with [the Smithsonian] American Art [Museum] (the Renwick and the White House are neighbors), 'to pick beautiful objects, display them superbly, and let you enjoy the stories that go with them,' " the museum's blog, "Eye Level," reported.
A gallery talk about the exhibit will take place at the Renwick Gallery on Friday, May 4, at noon. The gallery is located at 8th and F streets NW, in Washington, DC—a short walk from the Farragut North Red Line Metro station.
Have you seen "Something of Splendor"? If so, how was it? Would you recommend it to others?