NRF promotes and invests in the architectural heritage of the Newport community, the traditional building trades, and Doris Duke’s fine and decorative arts collections, for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of all.
As a leader in the preservation of early American architecture, NRF supports research and education in areas directly related to its collections and issues of critical concern to the field of historic preservation.
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After the Gilded Age: The Well Dressed House in Newport explored how Americans decorated and entertained in the 20th century using Rough Point as an example. The focus was primarily on the period of Doris Duke’s adulthood from 1930 to 1990, with particular emphasis on the changes during the early part of the century that carried into Doris Duke’s decoration of and entertaining at Rough Point starting in the late 1950s.
Real silver was important for any proper dining room. This antique piece was likely from the collection of Doris Duke's parents and was likely used as a centerpiece.
The mirror features a type of raised embroidery commonly called stumpwork. Doris Duke has stumpwork pieces throughout the house, but this piece that decorated the Brown Room is one of the largest and finest in the house. The mirror depicts Charles I and Catherine of Braganza.