Rancho Monterey, Spanish Revival and Mexican Decorative Arts in California

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Rancho Monterey, Spanish Revival and Mexican Decorative Arts in California

2612 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
February 27th, 2007 - October 28th, 2007

santa monica/venice
Wed-Sun 11-4


Rancho Monterey  showcases Monterey and rancho-style furniture, California ceramics and tile, Mexican ceramics, tourist-ware and costuming, and fine art by artists including Phil Paradise, W.H.D Koerner and Hernando Villa.

In the second quarter of the Twentieth Century, California rediscovered its Spanish and Mexican heritage. In addition to the Spanish haciendas containing dark furnishing accented with iron - designs championed by Hollywood starssuch as Bela Lugosi, Will Rogers and Norma Talmedge - developers now began building low-slung ranch houses inspired by the original adobe ranches of Monterey, California’s first capital.  Furniture makers and decorative artists responded with a range of colorful designs, a romantic view of “California ranchos” that captured the imaginations of new Californians seeking opportunity in the Golden State.

At the same time, as motor touring became the norm, Californians visited Mexico in increasing numbers bringing back souvenirs that fit easily into the new rancho-style homes. Whimsical cartoons by Mexican artists such as Juan Intenoche decorated furniture, Mexican hand embroidery was featured on blouses and skirts, and tiles depicted beautiful senoritas, sleeping gauchos and stubborn burros. The new decorative arts were brighter and more light-hearted as Californians sought to ride out the great depression on a wave of color and optimism.


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