Collection Items in The John Quincy Adams State Drawing Room

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). ...

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. ...

Teapot
Teapot

This teapot, engraved with the Bayard family arms and with a history of descent in that family, is a quintessential example of the Philadelphia rococo style in silver. ...

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. ...

Dressing Table
Dressing Table

Only approximately a dozen Newport dressing tables are known, far fewer than the number of related high chests. ...

Chinese Export Porcelain Plate
Chinese Export Porcelain Plate

Trained as a military engineer, Sylvanus Thayer (1785–1872) studied in military schools in Europe for the United States government prior to his 1817 appointment as Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point ...

Armchair
Armchair

Once part of a large set, this armchair is a handsome example of New York Chippendale-style design. ...

Side Chair
Side Chair

This chair retains the overall configuration of the tassel-back design popular in Philadelphia, but differs in minor details of its carving, which is more elaborate in some areas and less well-developed in others than on related chairs. ...

Sauceboat
Sauceboat

This sauceboat is a fine example of a form associated with fashionable dining. ...

Coffeepot
Coffeepot

This is the earliest known piece of American silver made for presidential use. ...

Tankard
Tankard

In Boston, the tankard form developed along English lines, but with the adoption of certain types of ornament not commonly found on English tankards: mid-bands, finials, and figural handle terminals. ...

Corner Chair or Roundabout Chair
Corner Chair or Roundabout Chair

As depicted in eighteenth-century portraits, roundabout, or corner, chairs were popular for both reading and writing. ...

Chinese Export Plate from George Washington's
Chinese Export Plate from George Washington's "Society of the Cincinnati" Service

The story of Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, the selfless Roman farmer turned soldier in defense of his beloved Rome, stirred the imagination of Henry J. Knox (1750–1806) and his colleagues and led them to organize the Society of the Cincinnati. ...

Tankard
Tankard

Myer Myers, one of America’s finest silversmiths, was born in New York City in 1723, the eldest son of Solomon and Judith Myers, who had emigrated from Holland. ...

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. ...

Bowl
Bowl

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

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

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. ...

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. ...

Armchair
Armchair

Upholstered chairs with open arms were frequently made in large sets for aristocratic English houses, but they were uncommon in the American colonies. ...

The Bloody Massacre of 1770
The Bloody Massacre of 1770

The provenance of this famous print is remarkable.  It is perhaps the only impression to have descended in the family of one of the victims of the Boston Massacre of 1770. ...

Covered Sugar Urn
Covered Sugar Urn

Joseph Richardson, Jr., and Nathaniel Richardson carried on the family silversmithing business established by their grandfather Francis Richardson (1681–1729) in Philadelphia before 1701. ...

Coffee and Tea Service
Coffee and Tea Service

This is among the earliest of the large matched coffee and tea sets made in the United States. ...

Pie Crust Tea Table
Pie Crust Tea Table

Tea tables with tripod bases and circular tops were first made in Philadelphia about 1740. Josiah Claypoole advertised in 1738 that he made "all Sorts of Tea Tables," which probably included the tripod-base variety. ...

Tobacco Leaf Tureen and Stand
Tobacco Leaf Tureen and Stand

Colorful and exotic "tobacco-leaf" china was made between 1750 and 1800 for table services, garnitures, and tea services. ...

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. ...

Teapot and Stand
Teapot and Stand

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