Collection Items in The Gallery

Looking Glass
Looking Glass

A pediment looking glass of this type—strongly architectural in form, embellished with gilt and carved floral ornament and moldings, and capped with a gilt phoenix finial. ...

Serpentine Chest of Drawers
Serpentine Chest of Drawers

Made of bold stripe-figured mahogany, this chest has been acclaimed as a tour de force of the bombé form. ...

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. ...

Bureau Table
Bureau Table

Bureau tables achieved a popularity in America that they never knew abroad. ...

Robert Chamblett
Robert Chamblett "King" Hooper

Robert Hooper (1709–1790), the founder of a dynasty of Massachusetts shippers, traders, and merchants, earned the sobriquet "King" from the wealth he accumulated and, doubtless, from the way he displayed it. ...

Mrs. John Montresor
Mrs. John Montresor

Frances Tucker Montresor (1744–1826) was born in New York, the only child of Thomas Tucker of Bermuda, a Lieutenant in the British army. ...

George Washington
George Washington

There is an understandable tendency to generalize when discussing one of Gilbert Stuart’s numerous replicas of his life portrait of President Washington, and to speak of it as essentially indistinguishable from its comrades. ...

View on the Kiskeminitas
View on the Kiskeminitas

By 1817, when Joshua Shaw emigrated to the United States, topographical views had been painted, but an appreciation of the expressive potential of landscape was still undeveloped. ...