125 Treasures: Miniature Santa Claus and Sleigh



Ornament Miniature Santa Claus and Sleigh ca. 1900 12 cm length x 22.5 cm width Maymont Mansion Collection, 97.0003 Here today we are on the brink of Christmas 2018, and I am thinking back to 1983 when the granddaughter of Mrs. Dooley’s great-great niece, Helen Cope (née Scroll), stood on the doorstep of the Maymont …

Second (Christmas) Time Around for Maymont Holiday Ornament



Temperatures are dropping and Thanksgiving is just a week away, meaning the holiday season is officially in full swing! When it’s time to deck the halls and decorate for Christmas, be sure to save a branch on your tree for Maymont. This season marks the second year of Maymont’s annual Christmas ornament, which is an annual, …

Get to Know Garden Glow: Kyomisho Calligraphy



An enchanting new experience will brighten nights at Maymont this fall as the Japanese Garden becomes a mesmerizing, illuminated landscape for “Garden Glow.” Get to know some of the events’ entertainers in this mini blog series! The following post is by Kyomi Takahashi of Kyomisho Japanese Calligraphy. Tell us about your organization, Kyomisho. I have …

Get to Know Garden Glow: Tokyo Market Sushi



An enchanting new experience will brighten nights at Maymont this fall as the Japanese Garden becomes a mesmerizing, illuminated landscape for “Garden Glow.” Get to know some of the events’ entertainers in this mini blog series! The following post is by Chong Akiba of Tokyo Market in Carytown. Garden Glow is on a roll, and …

Get to Know Garden Glow: Ikebana of Richmond



An enchanting new experience will brighten nights at Maymont this fall as the Japanese Garden becomes a mesmerizing, illuminated landscape for “Garden Glow.” Get to know some of the events’ entertainers in this mini blog series! The following post is by Judy Sheldon of Ikebana of Richmond. Tell us about Ikebana of Richmond. Ikebana of …

Get to Know Garden Glow: River City Taiko



An enchanting new experience will brighten nights at Maymont this fall as the Japanese Garden becomes a mesmerizing, illuminated landscape for “Garden Glow.” Get to know some of the events’ entertainers in this mini blog series! The following post is by Alasdair Denvil, Director of River City Taiko. Tell us about River City Taiko. River …

Get to Know Garden Glow: Richmond Bonsai Society



An enchanting new experience will brighten nights at Maymont this fall as the Japanese Garden becomes a mesmerizing, illuminated landscape for “Garden Glow.” Get to know some of the events’ entertainers in this mini blog series! The following post is by Randi Heise, President of the Richmond Bonsai Society. Tell us about Richmond Bonsai Society. The …

125 Treasures: Tiffany & Co. Silver and Narwhal Tusk Dressing Table and Chair



  Viking Dressing Table and Chair Tiffany & Co. American Designed 1903; completed 1905 Sterling Silver and Narwhal Tusk Bequest of James and Sallie Dooley, 1925 Maymont Mansion Collection, 25.354.1-3 Without doubt, one of the greatest treasures of Maymont is the extraordinary dressing table and chair made by Tiffany & Co., America’s premier designer and …

Supporter Profile: Ken Venos



  Describe your first Maymont memory. How did you end up at Maymont for the first time? Were you with family or friends? My first visit was January of 2014. I had decided to become a volunteer and walked into the park through the Nature Center. I was stunned by the view. Describe your most …

125 Treasures: Francesco Grassia’s “The Birth of Wine”



“The Birth of Wine” or “The Allegory of Human Life” Francesco Grassia (ca. 1640 – after 1683) Italian 1661 Marble Bequest of James and Sallie Dooley, 1925 Maymont Mansion Collection (25.275) James Dooley had a particular interest in art. As one of his associates remarked, “Major Dooley combined the art of making money with the …