Knox Museum will present noted decorator Thomas Jayne, who recently delivered the keynote lecture at the 52nd annual Delaware Antiques Show benefiting Winterthur, one of the most important cultural institutions in America, in a special presentation titled “Decoration, Ancient and Modern: Jayne Design Studio’s Contemporary Interior Decoration” Thursday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St.

Doors will open 5:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $21 in advance, $16 for Knox Museum members, and can be purchased online at knoxmuseum.org. Tickets at the door will be $26/$21.

As a graduate of Winterthur’s Program in American Material Culture, Jayne cites Henry Francis du Pont and Winterthur, his 97-room country estate, as the major influences on his career; and describes himself as a scholar-decorator much as H. F. du Pont saw the ideal curator, as part decorator, part librarian.

“One of the first museum rooms I visited [at Winterthur] was the Queen Anne Dining Room, with a beautiful arrangement of rare New York armchairs, covered in linen dyed blue and white,” said Jayne. “We had a far-ranging discussion about the origin and authenticity of the furnishings, especially the unique chairs.”

This was his introduction to the combination of scholarship and beauty that is at the heart of the Winterthur experience, he said: “That room has a wonderful atmosphere that just sort of transports you to some historic place. It’s not historically accurate, per se, but it communicated history.”

Communicating history is Knox Museum’s specialty, whether it be military history, Revolutionary War history or, in this instance, early American decorating history. Jayne will tour Knox Museum’s signature building, Montpelier, during his visit, with an eye to how the museum might consider inviting private families and individuals to display pieces from their own collections alongside those of the Knox family in one of the finest architecturally-historic estate properties in Maine. Jayne’s noted aesthetic of highlighting significant historical rooms and pieces with a fresh contemporary stroke, along with his storied credentials — particularly at Winterthur — make him a perfect fit to examine and discuss new ways to breathe life into Montpelier’s interior décor.

Author of “American Decoration” and “The Finest Rooms in America,” Jayne pursued fellowships at the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Historic Deerfield and J. Paul Getty Museum; apprenticed with Albert Hadley and Sister Parish; and worked at Christie’s before establishing Jayne Design Studio, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. Jayne Design Studio is an international practice specializing in the merger of elements ancient and modern to create contemporary spaces that are both distinctive and comfortable.

Jayne Design Studio is featured in the current issue of Victorian Homes Magazine; and on Elle Decor's A-List of top American decorators. In 2013, Jayne received the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art's Arthur Ross Award for Interior Decoration, the first decorator to be honored in this new category by the ICAA. In addition, Jayne Design Studio was presented a 2014 Stanford White Award from the ICAA's New York chapter. Jayne maintains residences in New York and in New Orleans and has just been named to Architectural Digest's 2016 list of the world’s preeminent architects and designers, the AD100.

Advance-priced tickets are available for purchase until 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 13. Tickets, and author-signed books, will be available for sale in the Strand lobby on the evening of the lecture. For more information, call Knox Museum at 354-8062.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.