Collection Highlights

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

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

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

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

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

Elizabeth Fenimore Cooper

Watercolor portrait of Elizabeth Cooper seated in Otsego Hall. With the exception of the artist's earliest recorded likenesses of members of his family, George Freeman sought to attract only… ...more

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

Harvesting Hops near Cooperstown, New York

Signed and dated lower left: "Frank Waller 84" ...more

Dress Shop

A quote from the artist: "My mother and sister worked in a dress shop, and I worked in a clothing shop, which was pretty much the same. When my sister saw this (painting) she said, 'Ralph,… ...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

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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