You have probably heard of the DuPont company,which was founded by a family of the same name.
But do you know about the museum that one of the family members began?
Henry Francis Du Pont was an heir to Delaware’s DuPont Company fortune.
He was one of the first serious collectors of American decorative art objects:furniture,textiles,paintings and other objects made in United States between 1640 and 1840.
American furniture and household objects had been considered inferior to those from Europe.
But Du Pont helped develope a new appreciation for American decorative arts.
He created a legendary show plays for these objects on his family estate just outside Wilmington,Delaware.
In 1951,it was open to the public as the Henry Francis Du Pont Winterthur Museum.
The museum assembled objects from Du Pont’s collection into 175 period rooms,
each with examples of American antiques and decorative arts that followed a certain theme of period in early American history.
For example,the Du Pont dining room has furniture dating from the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
And because this was the time when the United States became a new nation,there’s a patriotic theme in the room.
Another example is the Chinese parlor,which has furnishings that would reflect American’s fascination with Asian culture during the 18th century.
In these period rooms,Du Pont believed he could tell the story of the early United States through furniture and other decorative arts.
Questions 11 to 13 are based on the passage you have just heard.
Question11.What is Henry Francis Du Pont noted for?
Question12.What was the purpose of Du Pont’s efforts?
Question13.How were the objects on display arranged?