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The Newport Restoration Foundation is delighted to be partnering with renowned New York jewelry company David Webb on a second exhibition that celebrates the 50th anniversary for NRF and the 70th anniversary for David Webb.

Designing for Doris: David Webb Jewelry and Newport's Architectural Gems pairs what might seem like dissonant archival material - hand-drawn restoration plans and designs for bespoke jewelry – to underscore in visual terms the variety of Duke's interests and her transformative influence in art, design, and preservation in the late 1950s through the 1970s in New York and Newport.

The desire to fashion something new and fabulous from something old and cherished brought Doris Duke into David Webb's New York jewelry shop for the first time in November 1957. The resulting spectacular diamond brooch was just the first of many treasures that Duke would commission from David Webb in the next 12 years.

In 1957 Duke also reopened Rough Point, her childhood summer home, after an absence of many years. Newport inspired her interest in another kind of renewal – the revitalization of the city's Colonial streetscapes and in 1968 the founding of the Newport Restoration Foundation. In both design pursuits Duke played a close personal role, and drawings allowed her to follow and respond throughout the creative process.

Each of the thirty drawings in this exhibition tells the story of jewelry commissioned by Doris Duke (1912-1993) or the restoration of 18th-century buildings in Newport. They were drawn by the jeweler David Webb (1925-1975) and his staff of renderers or by architects employed by the Newport Restoration Foundation, and they all represent a transformation or reinvention of one sort or another. Tying them together is a common thread of practical beauty inspired by the singular personality of Doris Duke, for whom they were made.

Presentation Drawing of Cultured Pearl and Diamond Earrings

Potter House 35 Green Street, Restored Stairway Details

Proposed Reconstruction (Corner of Thames and Bridge Streets)

Presentation Drawing of Diamond Foliate Brooch

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