Collection Items in The Entrance Hall

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. ...

Bombe Desk and Bookcase
Bombe Desk and Bookcase

Until its gift to the Diplomatic Reception Rooms, this imposing piece had never been published by furniture scholars. ...

The Landing of the Pilgrims
The Landing of the Pilgrims

Corné was one in the uncountable cavalcade of artists who came to America to escape political upheaval or oppression and to further his fortune. ...

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. ...

Penn's Treaty with the Indians
Penn's Treaty with the Indians

The subject of Benjamin West’s famous painting is the oft-told story of William Penn meeting with the Delaware (Lenape) Indians in 1682 and compensating them with a barter of manufactured goods for the land “granted” him by the King of England ...

High Chest of Drawers
High Chest of Drawers

Household textiles and clothing were so valuable during the colonial period that Philadelphians generally stored them in the most elaborate and expensive piece of furniture they owned. ...

Water Pitcher
Water Pitcher

This tall, elegant, and richly ornamented water pitcher reflects Baltimore's repoussé style of the early 1830s, which emerged under the guiding spirits of Samuel Kirk and his competitor, Andrew Ellicott Warner (1786–1870). ...

American Skippet
American Skippet

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

Map of Virginia
Map of Virginia

Jamestown, founded in 1607, was the first permanent English settlement in North America, and its success can be credited largely to Captain John Smith. ...

Bisque Porcelain Group of Louis XVI & Benjamin Franklin
Bisque Porcelain Group of Louis XVI & Benjamin Franklin

Psychologically, financially, and militarily, the French Alliance was of critical importance to the success of the American Revolution. ...

Consular Seal
Consular Seal

The substantial, turned ivory handle of this piece ends in a silver ferrule and disk, cut with a representation of the arms of the United States including the motto “E PLURIBUS UNUM" in deep intaglio carving, all in mirror image. ...

Americae Pars Nunc Virginia Dicta
Americae Pars Nunc Virginia Dicta

In 1584, Elizabeth I allowed Sir Walter Raleigh to send Philip Amadas and Arthur Barlow to North America to establish a colony. ...

Chinese Export Cider Jugs for the American Market
Chinese Export Cider Jugs for the American Market

During the early years of the new republic, the Great Seal of the United States, or one of its variations, was used frequently to decorate Chinese export porcelains for the American market. ...

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. ...