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Charles J. Burns

Independent Curator and Historian, Guest Speaker, New York

Charles Burns has been speaking at Sotheby's Institute since 1999 on topics like architecture and fine and decorative arts.

MA, Art History, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Currently affiliated with the Newport Restoration Foundation in Newport, Rhode Island, Charles Burns' original thesis was on the American furniture collections of Doris Duke at the Whitehorne House Museum and he has maintained a specific interest in 18th-century Newport furniture since that date. Subsequent work has focused on the collecting aesthetic of the Vanderbilt family and art and society in Newport and New York during the Interwar Years. He was formerly the Associate Curator at the Preservation Society of Newport County for 26 years.

Charles J. Burns
  • Exhibitions


    The Interwar Years/Redefining Newport Style: Redwood Library & Athenaeum, Summer 2017
  • Presentations


    Victorian Society of America
    Bayou Bend
    Indianapolis Museum of Art
    Hillwood Museum
    Charleston Art and Antiques Forum

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