“Bring the Look Home”
Southern Living Magazine’s August 2013 issue features Monticello as one of three iconic and historic Southern homes. Monticello is an expression of Thomas Jefferson’s interests in architecture, art, history, and innovation. We celebrate Jefferson’s remarkable style for its timelessness and classic style. The Shop at Monticello allows you to bring the look home.
Jefferson was a man of practicality; he filled his library with tools that were functional yet stylish. His family recalled that he spent hours at his desk penning letters to acquaintances, merchants, and political figures.
Evoke the craft of quill calligraphy characteristic of Jefferson’s letters and Memorandum notes with our Pewter Inkwell and Quill Set. The beautiful inkstand is a statement piece in any office or library.
Among the many ingenious devices found in Jefferson’s Cabinet the Revolving Bookstand was one that perhaps most clearly suggests Jefferson’s passion for knowledge. It was probably made or modified to Jefferson’s design and specifications in the joinery. Our Revolving Bookstand reproduction is a Jefferson classic and a true Monticello replica. Designed for efficient and easy access to five books at a time, one can imagine Jefferson swiveling his volumes about on his desk while engrossed in profound thought. Our bookstand keeps important reference books, notes, and papers at the ready.
Monticello’s Entrance Hall tells a story about the history of American culture and progress across many years. Its walls feature a variety of Native American artifacts, world maps, stone busts, and wild game mounts. As a reception area for Jefferson’s guests, the Hall was Jefferson’s opportunity to educate visitors about the culture of the surrounding region and their new country, as well as start a discussion about the articles in the room.
Jefferson was an avid collector of maps. In an ongoing effort to place Monticello within the larger universe, Jefferson established a museum in his double-story Entrance Hall, complete with maps of the world, European paintings and sculptures, and examples of items from the New World. Our Magnetic Atlas Print adds a Jeffersonian touch to your own walls. The print is a reproduction of Maryland cartographer John Churchman’s 1790 map inscribed to George Washington. Its delicate attention to details suggests a former usefulness in charting the world as a magnetic entity.
Gilles Robert de Vaugondy also known as Le Sieur or Monsieur Robert, and his son, Didier Robert de Vaugondy were leading cartographers in France during the 18th century. Didier was appointed geographer to Louis XV in 1760 and published globes of various sizes. The Monticello Globe with Stand is inspired by the 1745 Vaugondy globe, which showed the routes of contemporary explorers. The solid mahogany stand is a replica of an antique sphere stand.
Monticello’s Parlor was the site of celebrations, including weddings and christenings. Jefferson insisted upon quality-made furniture that was durable, stylish, and comfortable. To accommodate guests and family, there were a large number and variety of chairs, ranging from sofas that doubled as sleeping quarters for overnight guests to campeachy chairs. Jefferson admired the campeachy, or “siesta,” chairs because “Age, its infirmities and frequent illnesses have rendered indulgence in that easy kind of chair truly acceptable.” Granddaughter Ellen recalled seeing Jefferson in the campeachy chair, “where, in the shady twilight, I was used to see him resting.”
Bring his look home with our Campeachy Chair, which Jefferson appears to have popularized when he served as President and continued to use during his retirement at Monticello. Our campeachy chair is based upon a reproduction featured in Monticello’s parlor and adds a touch of elegant comfort to any office or living room.
Mahogany accents are one of Monticello’s distinguishing style features. The Shop at Monticello reproduces the finest quality replicas based upon the originals featured inside the house. Martha Jefferson used the Joinery Work Table as her sewing station, storing various needles and threads in its two generous drawers. The table’s elegant design and convenient drop leaves make it a versatile statement piece. The Monticello Canterbury was used as a portable rack for storing music sheets inside the house. Still handy today, the Canterbury is perfect for storing magazines, newspapers, or frequently used files. The gorgeous mahogany woodwork and brass casters make this reproduction piece an elegant accent as well as a functional tool.
Famous for his hospitality, Jefferson played host to members of his large family and numerous guests at Monticello. The Dining Room was frequently crowded with family and guests, invited and uninvited.
Extensive recent research by paint experts indicated that Jefferson chose a brilliant chrome yellow for the Dining Room around 1815. It was one of the most fashionable colors of the time and also one of the most expensive: Chrome yellow pigment cost $5 per pound, twice as much as Prussian blue and 33 times more than white lead. Ralph Lauren Home, sponsor of the Monticello’s Dining Room restoration (June 2010), debuted a new paint color, Monticello™ Yellow in September 2010. Ralph Lauren Home has been a longtime supporter of great American treasures, including funding for the preservation of the original Star-Spangled Banner at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
With hundreds of acres of fruit, vegetable, and herb gardens, one can imagine that visiting Monticello during Jefferson’s time was a delightful culinary experience. Daniel Webster described it as “half Virginian, half French.”
Jefferson preferred a more casual style of dining but maintained his preference for classic style with his serveware. The Shop at Monticello reproduces several items seen in the Monticello Dining Room and Tea Room.
The Creamware Basket was a staple in the dining room and the reproduction is perfect as a breadbasket or accent piece. It features an etched line design characteristic of the nineteenth century dining room.
Our Jefferson Flatware Set is a modern adaptation of the original French “fiddle and thread” pattern used in the Monticello Dining Room. Impress dinner guests with the same elegant, classic look Jefferson preferred at his table.
The Dining Room at Monticello also featured beautiful English pearlware with deep blue accents; our Monticello Reproduction Mug is based on pearlware artifacts excavated at Monticello. The handsome, hand-painted mug serves tea or coffee in classic, effortless style.