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Mr. Peter M. Kenny

Wrong Peter M. Kenny?

Board Member

Phone: (845) ***-****  HQ Phone
Boscobel Restoration Inc
1601 Route 9D
Garrison , New York 10524
United States

Company Description: Boscobel continues to maintain the high quality of its architectural elements, furnishings and decorative arts collections, and well-maintained gardens, grounds and...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Montclair State University
  • MA , history museum studies
    Cooperstown Graduate Program
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Boscobel · Board of Directors, 11 Dec 2014 [cached]
Mr. Peter M. Kenny
Peter Kenny's talk, "Line and ..., 7 Mar 2015 [cached]
Peter Kenny's talk, "Line and Berry Inlay in a Dutchman's 'Schrutoor': The Tale of a Remarkable Fall-Front Writing Desk from Western Long Island," unfolded like a mystery. Kenny, co-president of the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, New York, has published his paper on this scrutoir in Chipstone's 2014 American Furniture with a different title.
Kenny has proved with physical and stylistic evidence that Joris Brinckerhoff could not be its original owner.
"Screwteor" is spelled various ways in New York inventories, but Kenny said it is hard to tell if that term refers to more common fall-front desks or desks-on-frame. This scrutoir is of English William and Mary design with Pennsylvania-type line-and-berry or vine-and-flower inlay and has its original Dutch-type feet and Dutch-type cornice. Kenny called it an American original, produced in western Long Island, New York, in an area that was a meeting ground of Dutch and English Quakers.
Kenny suggested that the inlay on the front of the scrutoir (a looping shower of large and small blossoms) may have been inspired by the Tree of Life designs on imported Indian cotton textiles or ceramics. The sides of the scrutoir have compass stringing and berries or flowers that can be read as two anthropomorphic figures. Kenny suggested that the design on the upper case is a feminine figure of Eve and the plainer design in the bottom is a male figure of Adam. He is convinced that the scrutoir was made in a shop where Dutch furniture-making traditions held sway and that the vine-and-berry inlay is in the tradition brought to Pennsylvania by Welsh Quakers and found its way to New York when Pennsylvania Quakers traveled there for regional meetings.
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Announcing Co-President Peter Kenny
Classical American Homes Elects New Co-Presidents - Peter Kenny and Margize Howell
New York, NY - For Immediate Release
efb_peter_kenny_0020 Peter Kenny, a longtime Curator and Administrator of The American Wing of The Metropolitan Museum, will be joining Classical American Homes Preservation Trust as Co-President with Margize Howell, the foundation's current Executive Director.
Peter Kenny is considered one of the nation's foremost authorities on American furniture and is the current Ruth Bigelow Wriston Curator of American Decorative Arts and Administrator of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum. He is a 30-year veteran of The Met and has worked closely with Morrison Heckscher, Chairman (Emeritus) of the American Wing on the recently completed renovation of its unsurpassed collection of period rooms and galleries for the fine and decorative arts. Peter Kenny is also a noted lecturer and the author of various award-winning books on American furniture, including, most recently, Duncan Phyfe: Master Cabinetmaker in New York and Honoré Lannuier, Cabinet Maker from Paris: The Life and Work of a French Ébéniste in Federal New York.
Margize Howell, who will be Co-President with Peter Kenny, is the current Executive Director of Classical American Homes, a position she has held for the past four years. Previously, she was Senior Curator for 16 years at Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette, a major Wall Street investment banking firm whose New York offices included a large collection of early 19th century Americana, which included portraits, antique furnishings, and documents related to our nation's financial history. DLJ was sold to Credit Suisse in 2000, at which point Margize Howell joined Classical American Homes. She is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and a History of Art graduate with distinction from the University of Virginia, and the Sotheby's Works of Art Programme in London. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors of the Decorative Arts Trust and the Advisory Councils of the Historic House Trust of New York City and the Charleston Heritage Symposium. She previously served as President of the Association of Professional Art Advisors and American Friends of Attingham Summer School.
Announcing Co-President Peter Kenny
Decorative Arts Trust, 26 Jan 2015 [cached]
Peter M. Kenny Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Bowne House Historical Society, 11 Feb 2015 [cached]
Peter Kenny, Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art
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