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American Skippet
American Skippet

Skippets are boxes, usually of silver or gold, used to protect the official wax seals on important official documents. ...

General Josiah Harmar
General Josiah Harmar

General Josiah Harmar (1753-1813) owes his place in diplomatic history to his role in the exchange of ratifications of the Treaty of Paris (Cat. No. 267). ...

Appeal to the Great Spirit
Appeal to the Great Spirit

Dallin was born in Springville, Utah Territory, which his parents had helped found.[l] ...

Hong Punch Bowl
Hong Punch Bowl

Like the Lee family plate (Cat. No. 156), this punch bowl celebrates Western trade with China by focusing on the bustling port of Canton (Guangzhou). ...

Barter for a Bride
Barter for a Bride

In the fall of 1853, Stanley began a six-month stint as an illustrator with the Pacific Railroad Survey in Washington Territory, led by Isaac I. Stevens, Governor of the Territory. ...

Chinese Export Porcelain Openwork Basket with Pitt Armorial
Chinese Export Porcelain Openwork Basket with Pitt Armorial

William Pitt (1708–1778), the first earl of Chatham and owner of this porcelain basket, was America’s greatest ally in Parliament. ...

Society of the Cincinnati Membership Diploma
Society of the Cincinnati Membership Diploma

In May of 1784 the Society of the Cincinnati adopted Major Pierre Charles L’Enfant’s design for its membership diploma. ...

Coffeepot
Coffeepot

Bancroft Woodcock was born on July 18, 1732, the son of Irish Quaker immigrants, Robert and Rachel (Bancroft) Woodcock, who settled in Wilmington, Delaware, shortly after 1726. ...

Martha Jefferson Portrait Miniature
Martha Jefferson Portrait Miniature

When Thomas Jefferson was appointed as the United States Minister to France in 1784, he took with him his eldest daughter Martha (called Patsy). ...

China Table
China Table

This striking table documents a dramatic shift in fashion in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, during the third quarter of the eighteenth century. ...

Pair of Federal Eagle-inlaid Knife Boxes
Pair of Federal Eagle-inlaid Knife Boxes

The cases have eagle engraved Sheffield mounts as well as an American eagle in a shield-shaped inlay inside the lids. ...

Side Chairs
Side Chairs

Baltimore's furniture produced before the Revolution is much more rare and its characteristics are less well known than that produced in other major Eastern seaboard centers. ...

Easy Chair
Easy Chair

This chair has all the characteristics of the standard colonial American easy chair, a form derived from English examples of the 1720s and 1730s, but it expresses them in the full idiom of New York furniture. ...

Side Chairs
Side Chairs

Chairs with "compass bottoms"—so called because the pattern for the curvilinear seat rails was drawn with a compass—were first made in Philadelphia about 1730 and were based on contemporary English forms. ...

Bowl
Bowl

This bowl was made for the prominent Boston merchant Moses Michael Hays (1738–1808). ...

Chippendale Mahogany Camel-Back Sofa
Chippendale Mahogany Camel-Back Sofa

Sofas with the arched back, serpentine front seat rail, and outward-scrolling arms of this imposing example have survived in greater numbers from Philadelphia than from any other American city. ...

Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton

This handsome, confident portrait of Alexander Hamilton (1757–1804) in a Continental Army uniform is probably a posthumous image. ...

Side Chair
Side Chair

Toward the end of the eighteenth century, a new chair-back design with hints of neoclassical ornamentation became popular in several regions of the United States. ...

Side Chair
Side Chair

The unusual breadth of the splat, the exaggerated scale of the carved tassel and ruffle, and the pronounced contrast between carved and uncarved surfaces distinguish this chair from other American interpretations of Chippendale's engraved designs ...

American Silver Salver
American Silver Salver

The salver was introduced in the seventeenth century as a small, circular tray on a high trumpet foot, and was used for passing a beverage cup or for serving a special delicacy. ...

View of Boston Harbor
View of Boston Harbor

Fitz Hugh Lane produced a significant group of paintings of Boston harbor in the early 1850s, and they mark his attainment of full artistic maturity. ...

Pair of Andirons
Pair of Andirons

This pair of andirons is distinguished by its fine proportions and distinctive decorative details. ...

John Watson Foster
John Watson Foster

The diplomatic career of John Watson Foster consisted of several appointments during the 1870s and 1880s, followed by service as Secretary of State. ...

Card Table
Card Table

In 1973, Morrison H. Heckscher of the Metropolitan Museum of Art published an in-depth study of the design and construction of New York rococo style card tables. ...

John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams

Among the multitude of characterizations of Adams, this portrait is striking for the serenity the artist captured in America's Minister to Great Britain (1815–17). ...

Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams
Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams

On June 25, 1816, T. B. Johnson, Louisa Adams's brother, wrote from New Orleans requesting portraits of his sister and brother-in-law for himself. ...

David Wood Shelf Clock
David Wood Shelf Clock

Few details are known of David Wood's life between the opening of his shop in Newburyport in 1792 and his last recorded advertisement in 1824 ...

View of Niagara Falls and Terrapin Tower from the American Side
View of Niagara Falls and Terrapin Tower from the American Side

Vertical views of Niagara Falls are rather uncommon before midcentury, although one of a pair of such views attributed to John Vanderlyn (ca. 1832; private collection) is similar in composition to this work by Ferdinand Richardt. ...

Map of North America
Map of North America

Herman Moll was a German who established a map-publishing house in London around the year 1700. ...

Chinese Export Orange Fitzhugh Eagle-Decorated Partial Dinner Service
Chinese Export Orange Fitzhugh Eagle-Decorated Partial Dinner Service

The dinner service is decorated in a pattern called “Fitzhugh,” which refers to a group of Chinese export porcelain made between about 1780 and 1840 and having certain identifying characteristics. ...

Patch Box
Patch Box

This small box was probably made during the last quarter of the eighteenth-century or in the early nineteenth century in Bilston, England, one of several South Staffordshire towns noted for its production of small enamel-on-copper wares. ...

Garniture
Garniture

Vases in groups of five or more were among the most popular decorative items ordered from China by Europeans, particularly the Dutch, during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. ...

Teapot and Stand
Teapot and Stand

This teapot and stand is one of approximately fourteen sets to survive from Paul Revere’s shop. ...

Sugar basket
Sugar basket

This sugar basket was originally owned by the prominent Jewish merchant Moses Michael Hays of Boston and is one of more than twenty-five pieces of silver that Hays ordered from fellow Mason Paul Revere. ...

Marquis de Lafayette
Marquis de Lafayette

On October 17, 1824, the Dutch-born Parisian artist Ary Scheffer wrote a letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives ...

Society of the Cincinnati Badge and Ribbon owned by Secretary of State Timothy Pickering
Society of the Cincinnati Badge and Ribbon owned by Secretary of State Timothy Pickering

In 1783, General Henry Knox and Baron de Steuben led the effort to establish the Society of the Cincinnati, a hereditary fraternal order ...

Wine Cooler
Wine Cooler

Shortly after his election as first president of the United States, George Washington began to acquire silver and fused-plate objects that would allow him to entertain in a manner befitting his new office. ...

The Power of Music (or Music Hath Charms)
The Power of Music (or Music Hath Charms)

The Power of Music is one of the jewels of American art, a painting so touching and embued with such empathy, that it has become an icon. ...

Commode
Commode

Although Americans achieved political independence from England in the Revolution, the patriots’ victory was not accompanied by a similar strong desire for stylistic or artistic independence. ...

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