Re-Collecting for the House
Filoli’s collection today still includes both original Bourn and Roth family pieces, but we’re always on the look-out for ways to bring the House closer to how it felt when it was a family home.
When the Bourns moved into Filoli in 1917, they furnished it with souvenirs from their world travels and English and Irish antiques. The Roth family purchased Filoli fully furnished in 1936, as a second home, and added their own personal touches over the years.
Carefully studying historic photos, auction catalogs, and the 1936 House inventory, our team has identified a number of pieces that would restore missing elements of our collection. They reflect the original aesthetic of the House, heavily influenced by Agnes Bourn, and showcase themes of gardens, nature, women, and beauty.
If you have an item like those listed here that you would like to donate, or if you know where Filoli might procure similar pieces, please let us know. Your support helps tell the story of this historic property and continues our mission of connecting our rich history with a vibrant future.
Director of Museum Collections
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“For Will and me, Filoli is quite perfect. It progresses little by little, but it takes time to develop a place if it is to have charm and individuality.”
Agnes Bourn, 1924
Paintings by Mary Curtis Richardson
The Bourns were patrons of this groundbreaking California Impressionist, known as the “Mary Cassatt of the West.”
Agnes and William filled Filoli's walls with works by the most prominent California artists of the early 1900s.
Set of Dining Chairs
Twelve impressive, tall-back chairs originally surrounded the Dining Room table.
The Bourns displayed small bronzes throughout the House.
For world travelers like the Bourns and Roths, no library would be complete without a globe.
Ballroom Fireplace Andirons
When the Ballroom was completed in the 1920s, the lavish fireplace featured a pair of spectacular griffin andirons.
Every room in the House originally featured a clock on the fireplace mantel. The Bourns sometimes even placed additional table-top clocks nearby.
Brightly colored majolica earthenware pieces enlivened the House. Their nature-inspired designs fit well with the Bourns’ garden aesthetic.
This Bourn-era photo gives a sense of the lavish and varied decor collected by Filoli’s first owners.
Dining Room Decor
We hope to restore the Dining Room to its original grandeur, which reflected a stately aesthetic accented in soft florals.
Original Bourn Library Books
Filoli is always seeking the return of books that were originally in the Bourn Library. They can be identified by the Bourn bookplate, pictured.
“How glad we will be to get really settled in a home in the country and get our household goods around us.”
William Bourn, 1917
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