||Featuring approximately 18,000 objects in media ranging from silver and glass to wood, porcelain, and textile, the Gallery’s American decorative arts collection is among the finest in the United States. Its particular strengths are in the colonial and early federal periods, due in large part to generous gifts from Francis P. Garvan, B.A. 1897. The furniture collection comprises outstanding examples of seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and early nineteenth-century work. In addition to the pieces displayed in the Gallery, more than 1,000 examples can be seen by appointment in the Furniture Study. Yale’s collection of early silver is noted for superior examples from New England, New York, and Philadelphia. A major addition to the collection occurred in the 1980s, when Carl R. Kossack, B.S. 1931, M.A. 1933, and his family donated more than 7,000 pieces of American silver, with particular concentrations in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Also present in the American decorative arts collection are significant holdings in pewter and other metals, as well as glass, ceramics, textiles, and wallpaper. In recent decades, acquisitions have focused on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century objects.
The department also has developed a Web site, the Rhode Island Furniture Archive at the Yale University Art Gallery, as a resource for studying furniture making in Rhode Island from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century.
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Patricia E. Kane, the Friends of American Arts Curator of American Decorative Arts, has been at the Gallery since receiving her M.A. from the University of Delaware, Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, in 1968. She received her Ph.D. from Yale in 1987. She oversees collections from the seventeenth century to the present and pursues research on early American silver and furniture. Download curriculum vitae.
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John Stuart Gordon, the Benjamin Attmore Hewitt Assistant Curator of American Decorative Arts, first encountered material culture at Vassar College. He received a M.A. from the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture and is writing his dissertation for Boston University on designer Lurelle Guild. His specialty is American design from the late nineteenth through twenty-first centuries. In addition, he supervises Furniture Study, the Gallery’s expansive study collection of American furniture and wooden objects. Download curriculum vitae.
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