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STEWARDING A NATIONAL TREASURE
Long-time antiques collectors Robert “Jess” and Mary Ann Peter finally found a historic home suitable for their collection of Chippendale and Federal furniture, Hudson River School paintings, and weather vanes in North Carolina’s 1772 Nash-Hooper House.
Mary Hood Hart
AMERICAN ART ILLUMINATED
The Philadelphia Museum of Art unveiled its recently restored American art galleries and offered us a preview. See how the museum has re-imagined its vast collections to tell a more inclusive story about the development of our nation’s artistic heritage.
DRESSING A PERIOD DOOR
Until the 1800s, most Americans entered their homes by grasping a wrought-iron thumb latch to swing the front door inward on long strap hinges. We explore how this utilitarian hardware developed and show some remarkably decorative examples.
TOWN MEETINGS GROW DEMOCRACY
Considered by many the purest form of democracy, the town meeting came to America with the Pilgrims and spread throughout New England. Thousands of meetings held yearly still allow every adult resident to comment and vote on local government decisions.
TOP TRADITIONAL ARTISANS
We continue to celebrate the handcraftsmanship of our ancestors by highlighting the work of today’s heritage artisans, who design and create furnishings and decorative objects in the spirit of the past.
Cedar Grove, the summer retreat built by members of the Paschall family outside of Philadelphia in 1750, traces the organic growth of a house and its collections through five generations of family ownership. Managed by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the house now stands in Fairmount Park amid other grand mansions built by the city’s elite.
ARTISANS IN THE MUSEUM
With rooms and decorating styles spanning more than a century, Cedar Grove provided the perfect backdrop for photographing the best work in this year’s Directory in historical context. Here baskets and boxes, metal and wooden wares, ceramics and textiles, and works in paper and paint fit neatly with their antique counterparts.
2021 DIRECTORY LISTING
We list all the artisans whose work was selected for this year’s Directory, with descriptions, images, and contact information so you can find examples of traditional handcraftsmanship for your period home.
Cedar Grove served as a country retreat for five generations of a single Philadelphia family. It was never bought or sold; instead daughters and nieces inherited it, until the family gave it to the City of Philadelphia in 1927. Although nearly everything still in the house belonged to the family, we’ve added a few museum-quality reproductions crafted by Directory artists. Photo by Winfield Ross.