Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on May 13, 1967 · Page 41
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 41

Tucson, Arizona
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Saturday, May 13, 1967
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Citizen Photos By Art Grasberger At Home With Antiques Most people in choosing their hobbies or avocations want to escape as much as possible from their everyday business life. Not so William E. Steadman, director of the University of Arizona Art Gallery. When he leaves the gallery each day he goes to what might almost be termed a smaller Version of an art gallery, his home. Family heirlooms and antiques which Steadman has acquired through the years could well be occupying places of honor in any museum. Art and antiques are everywhere, even in the kitchen. In fact, a matched pair of antique English Sheffield silver entree dishes now in his home soon will be placed in the university gallery, a gift from Steadman. To provide a background which would not distract from the art Steadman selected mission white for walls in most of the rooms. In the living room one sees an original John Constable watercolor; an original 16th century drawing by Albrecht Altdorfer; lithographs by Redon; an original Forain drawing; an etching by Claude Lorrain, dated 1544; 18th century colored English floral engravings by Moses Hams; Selby birds, hand colored by the artist in 1821; butterfly sketches from 1763 by Dutch artist Weinman. A Chindia carpel in the living room is a modern adaptation of a French Savonne- rie. One antique Chippendale sofa is covered in a small patterned Italian contemporary brocade on an Oriental ivory background. The other American Chippendale sofa is covered in the same ivory tone in velvet. The ivory hue is taken from the background color of two cushions fashioned from antique Aubusson tapestries done by French nuns. Color accent appears in two chairs done in Romany rose velvet, one an 18th century Queen Anne wing back, the other a Hepplewhite wing back. A 17th century Flemish wood carving stands on a bracket above the Santa Fe styled fireplace. English Queen Anne arm chairs in the dining room also are antiques as is the table dating from 1740 and fashioned of Santo Domingo mahogany in a Queen Anne design. Eighteenth century Coalport plates rest on the table and wine glasses from that era are handblown. Selby birds decorate the walls. Hall leading to the bedroom wing to the west also serves as a gallery for art including a sampler done by a school girl in the 18th century, as well as floral engravings dated 1762 and 1784 and hand colored by the artists. Martinet and Selby birds are used above wainscoting in the bedroom where furnish- By Mary Brown CITIZEN HOMES EDITOR ings include a Pennsylvania Dutch blanket chest, a Queen Anne maple chest from Connecticut, an original Duncan Phyfe table in cherry, an 18th century Massachusetts pine bed in acorn and bell design on its four posters and a pair of 18th century English Chinese Chippendale chairs with honeycomb backs. Coverlet on the bed is one of a pair made by Steadman's mother in a pine and wreath pattern appli- qued on an antique white background and then quilted. Steadman bleached an 18th century cherry Sheraton table which he now uses in the kitchen. Mounted on one wall there are French Faience plates dated 1792 and a Martinet bird done in 1790 and hand colored by the artist. Woodwork in the kitchen was refinished by Steadman in a Carver blue tone. Unusual finish and a look of age was achieved by flecking black enamel on the blue paint, then applying a raw umber glaze and lastly varnish. He used this same technique on the wainscoting around the bedroom. Mexican tile booksplashes and counter tops in the kitchen are in navy blue and white with a touch of gold. Pine paneling has been finished in mission white. Latest addition to his collection of handsome antiques is an 18th century American drop front Chippendale cherry desk with claw and ball feet. The desk still has its original brass pulls and until now had remained in the same family. TOP: Palo Verde and olive treesTshade the entrance to the home of William Steadman. ABOVE: An American drop front Chippendale desk with claw and ball feet is the latest addition to Steadman's collection of antiques. BELOW: A wing back 18th century Hepplewhite chair is covered in Romany rose velvet; the table is an American dish lop tilt in mahogany. SATURDAY, MAY 13, 1967 T U C S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N PAGE 15

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