Collection Highlights

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

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

Eel Spearing at Setauket

In Eel Spearing at Setauket, Mount combined personal experience and specific requests of a patron into one of the most acclaimed American genre paintings of the 19th century. The painting… ...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

Politicians in a Country Bar

Political discussions, and indeed arguments, have always been a vital part of American life and regularly appear as the subject of paintings during the 19th century. Country taverns, a… ...more

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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Bent-Corner Dish

Tlingit / Tsimshian (possibly) Bent-Corner Dish; Dish ca 1750-1800/Tlingit, possibly Tsimshian/Southeast Alaska/Yew, red cedar, fiber cordage.

Sample Catalog Entry: Bent-Corner Dish… ...more

The Old Oaken Bucket

THE OLD OAKEN BUCKET, 1943 mixed media on board. As a hired girl for Mrs. David Burch, Moses was told that the farm well was the well from which the song, "The Old Oaken Bucket" was… ...more

Whig Political Banner

This large Whig campaign banner was probably carried in parades or at political gatherings during the 1840s. It carries a potent political message by juxtaposing a screaming eagle-symbol of… ...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

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Recent Items

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