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). ...

Appeal to the Great Spirit
Appeal to the Great Spirit

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

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. ...

Federal Inlaid Mahogany Drop-Leaf Table
Federal Inlaid Mahogany Drop-Leaf Table

With rule-jointed deep drop leaves, raised on drawered apron with square tapering legs headed by urn, bellflowers, and elliptical stringing. ...

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. ...

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. ...

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. ...

Linen Press
Linen Press

Of a form called a wardrobe, linen press, clothespress, or press-cupboard-on-chest in documents of the period, this handsome case piece is one of the most striking realizations extant. ...

Sideboard
Sideboard

This magnificent sideboard precisely mirrors the qualities of its place and time of origin. ...

Dressing Table
Dressing Table

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

Peace Medal
Peace Medal

A number of early American silversmiths made quantities of silver tokens for distribution to various Indian tribes. ...

James Monroe
James Monroe

During his presidency and in his declining years, James Monroe was widely popular, particularly in his native Virginia. ...

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. ...

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). ...

A Glimpse of the Capitol at Washington
A Glimpse of the Capitol at Washington

This image of a grand if as yet somewhat disproportionate Capitol Building, with few near neighbors of consequence and many acres of pasture, is an authentic record. ...

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. ...

Mantel Clock
Mantel Clock

Writing from Paris in 1779 to his daughter Sally, Benjamin Franklin observed, “Pictures, busts, and prints, (of which copies are spread everywhere,) have made your father’s face as well known as that of the moon.” ...

Pair of Gold Goblets
Pair of Gold Goblets

Gold has been used rarely in the United States for domestic objects, although most early craftsmen called themselves goldsmiths because the techniques of working in silver and gold were identical. ...

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. ...

Armchair
Armchair

Made for the Loockerman family of Dover, Delaware, these seven matched chairs constitute one of the largest and most elaborate sets of American Chippendale-style chairs to have survived intact. ...

Side Chairs
Side Chairs

In 1971, the Fine Arts Committee acquired an extraordinary group of nineteen square-back side chairs ornamented with carved eagles in the crests. ...

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. ...