Nancy Gibson, owner of Gabriel Gibson Decorative Arts, spent 20 years as textile curator at the DAR Museum in Washington, DC creating exhibitions, managing and interpreting the textiles in more than 30 historic period rooms, and developing products. Nancy uses her knowledge of textiles, historic interiors and design to offer clients objects that they will love to live with and that will stand the test of time.
Her interest in decorative arts began as a teenager when she spent weekends with her older sister antiquing in the small towns of west Tennessee. Caught by the collecting passion, she amassed a large collection of fine tabletop linens by the time she graduated college. Shortly after college she began her museum career as a volunteer researcher and within a few years was a senior curator and responsible for more than 3000 textiles. As the curator responsible for more than 30 historic period rooms, she developed an expert eye along with a solid knowledge of social and cultural history. Her interest in material culture and the meaning of objects leads her to seek out items for sale that have meaning far beyond their mere beauty. Think of the iconic Georg Jensen sterling bird pin. The one offered here is inscribed on the back “O.T. from F.L.L. May 5, 1940” and is in its original silver moire-covered box from the New York jeweler John Frick. A hand-made child’s yellow wooden ironing board is signed and dated by the maker (“grandpa.”) These objects represent the timelessness and intrinsic meaning of things.
Nancy is co-author of “A Maryland Album: Quiltmaking Traditions, 1634-1934 (it is out-of-print, but can be found on Amazon) and “On The Cutting Edge.” She was curator of more than 20 exhibitions. Her quilt exhibitions held in the main gallery of the DAR Museum in Washington, DC were consistently noted by the Washington Post critics for their scholarship.