Collection Highlights

Hair Comb

Otter Hair Comb, by Stan Hill, 1988. Moose Antler

Provenance: (1) Stan Hill. Six Nations, Ontario.; (2) Eugene V. Thaw.;
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Picking Flowers

This playful portrait clearly illustrates Samuel Miller's colorful and linear style. Stiff, flatly delineated figures, bold colors, carefully painted costume details, family pets, and thin… ...more

Van Bergen Overmantel

This painting of the Marten Van Bergen farm in Leeds, New York, conveys more visual information about Dutch life in America than any other surviving object of the period. It is the only… ...more

Raven Mask

Central Yup'ik Eskimo Raven Mask of Doolagiak

The name of the Mask is "Doolagiak" and represents the trickster - raven. Raven masks were made throughout Alaska, reflecting the… ...more

Otsego Hall

Watercolor painting of Otsego Hall, James Fenimore Cooper's home in Cooperstown, New York by John W. Hill (1812-1879). It is a gray, Gothic Revival two-story building with an extension… ...more

Ringing the Pig

More than any other artist, William Sidney Mount brought genre painting to public attention and popularity. His depictions of rural life, particularly its comic side, equal or surpass other… ...more

Christopher Columbus Landing Upon the Island of St. Salvador

For generations of European Americans, Christopher Columbus's discovery of the New World was celebrated for providing a land of opportunity, prosperity, and freedom from economic and… ...more

Justice's Court in the Back Woods

Justice's Court in the Back Woods is a celebration of American democracy and justice. Tompkins Harrison Matteson's depiction of a shoemaker, who is also Justice of the Peace and postmaster,… ...more

Mother and Child

Ammi Phillips is recognized as one of the most successful and prolific folk portrait painters of the first half of the 19th century. Numerous scholars have researched Phillips' work and his… ...more

Medallion

This medal was struck by Commodore Elliott in honor of J.F. Cooper and in gratitude for Cooper's vindication of Elliott's conduct at the battle of Lake Erie. Made of white metal, the obverse… ...more

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Cane

Bamboo walking stick. Belonged to James Fenimore Cooper, the novelist, shortly before his death. ...more

Floorcloth - Cooper family coach

Elaborately painted burlap with pattern of repeating diamonds and floral motifs. Thickly applied paint. Paint colors are: green, blue, red, white, yellow. This floorcloth was used in the… ...more

Coach

This coach belonged to the Cooper family. Commentary by Ken Wheeling, August 13, 1998: This coach style was popular in the South, and this is an excellent example. Similar coaches include… ...more