The Wolfsonian's collection—among the largest university art collections in the country—focuses on North American and European decorative arts, propaganda, architecture, and industrial and graphic design dating from 1850 to 1950. The United States, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands are the countries most extensively represented in the collection, with a smaller but significant number of materials from Austria, Czechoslovakia, France, Japan, the former Soviet Union, Hungary, and more. With over 180,000 objects, the collection includes works on paper (posters, prints, design drawings, and more), furniture, paintings, sculpture, books and ephemera, glass, textiles, ceramics, lighting and other appliances, and beyond.
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- Is The Wolfsonian’s entire collection represented online?No. The Wolfsonian’s digital image catalog features a selection of the museum’s collection holdings, however the museum is continuously adding to the number of artworks online, so we encourage visitors to return regularly to view new digitized entries.
- Can I arrange to view artwork or library materials that are not on view at the museum?We do our best to accommodate and facilitate access to the collection for museum curators, scholars, and students. To make an appointment, email email@example.com detailing your project, dates, and other details; requests must be received at least two months in advance and will be evaluated based on relevance, need, and the availability and accessibility of the object.
- How do I request a loan from the collection?The Wolfsonian has begun the first of several anticipated collection moves to improve care of and access to the museum’s collection long-term. Due to the demands on limited staff to execute the current relocation project, which will impact access to the majority of the collection, we are instituting a moratorium on loans for a period of two years, January 2016–December 2017. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How do I have my object(s) or collection appraised?
The museum cannot appraise or authenticate artworks. If you are interested in determining how much an object you own is worth, we recommend the following organizations as reputable resources for finding a certified or licensed appraiser:
American Society of Appraisers
Art Dealers Association of America
International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR) – Authentication Research Service
International Society of Appraisers
- How do I find a conservator?The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works can help you find a qualified conservator who can provide sound, ethical preservation services for your art objects, artifacts, and other items of historic and cultural value.
- How do I obtain permission to reproduce images of The Wolfsonian’s collection?
- How do I donate material?The ongoing development of The Wolfsonian’s collection is indebted to the many collectors who share and support our passion for the art and design of everyday life. If you would like to make a donation, please email email@example.com, and be sure to include your complete contact information, images, and as much information as is known about the work.