• Chinese Export Porcelain Openwork Basket with Pitt Armorial
    Chinese Export Porcelain Openwork Basket with Pitt Armorial
  • Bombe Desk and Bookcase
    Bombe Desk and Bookcase
  • The Landing of the Pilgrims
    The Landing of the Pilgrims
  • Side Chairs
    Side Chairs
  • Penn's Treaty with the Indians
    Penn's Treaty with the Indians
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The Entrance Hall

The Entrance Hall

The Entrance Hall Before Renovation
The Entrance Hall Before Renovation

Design for the hall is based on two Georgian plantation houses on the James River in Virginia.

Designed by Edward Vason Jones, the hall's paneled interior is based on the interior of Carter's Grove (1751-1753) and Westover (1674-1744), two great Georgian plantation houses on the James River in Virginia.  The Hall is a handsome space with thirteen-foot ceilings and a Tabriz rug on its mahogany floor. The ceiling is a copy of that taken from the Powel House in Philadelphia. The cut-glass chandelier is English, c. 1800. The bombe desk is from Boston, c. 1755-1770. Above it hangs a New York Looking Glass, c. 1765. To the left is one of the Collection's masterpieces, a secretary desk of 1753 by Benjamin Frothingham, Jr.