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Collectors' Series: Take a Deep Dive into the Collections at Ford House
Posted: January 18, 2017

Eleanor and Edsel Ford filled their home with exquisite, unique and sometimes exotic art, antiques, artifacts, textiles and furniture. The couple was known for their discerning eye and exceptionally good taste, and the result is the magnificent, priceless collection you can see on a visit to Ford House!

For a deeper dive into the Fords’ collection, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House is  offering our new Collectors’ Series. The small, intimate programs are led by experts in each field, and include a talk as well as an up-close experience with specific items in the collection.

The instructors also will offer practical tips and tools to help you build your own personal collection. At the end of the program, participants will get to mingle and further discuss the topics over wine and cheese. 

Tickets are $40 non-members, $35 members per workshop.

Collectors' Series Programs

Patio Chic: Exploring Vintage Garden Furnishings
February 18, 2017
9:30-12 noon

It may be cold outside, but this program will have you thinking summery thoughts as you explore Eleanor and Edsel Fords’ vintage garden furniture collection – including pieces rarely put out for public view.
The workshop will explore the history of garden furniture and how it was used for entertaining. 

Rug Collections: Get Swept Away
March 23, 2017
6-8:30 pm

Ford House has an amazing collection of rugs and carpets, and this program takes a deep look at some of the most beautiful pieces in the home. The program is led by rug expert Alan Marschke, owner of the Oriental Rug Gallery in Grosse Pointe Farms and one of only five people in Michigan nationally certified as an Oriental rug appraiser by the Oriental Rug Retailers of America.

For Real or Forgery? Spotting Authentic Antiques
April 13, 2017
6- 8:30 pm

Can you spot a nail that’s not quite right or a joint that doesn’t fit the piece’s time period? This program looks at the real and the knock-offs, using pieces from our collections at Ford House. You will have the opportunity to examine the details of various pieces in the house up close, and begin to learn how to judge their authenticity for yourself.   


You may purchase individual programs for $40 nonmenbers, $35 members here

Space is limited for these exclusive offerings, and pre-registration is required. Ticket sales are final; no refunds or exchanges. 

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