This landmark exhibition explored the stunning and diverse furniture of southeastern Pennsylvania and the people who made, owned, inherited, and collected it. Delving into the cultures and creativity of the area’s inhabitants, primarily those of British and Germanic heritage, this comprehensive show featured nearly 200 objects, including unique and colorful furniture, fraktur, needlework, paintings, and other items related to the history of the region.
Paint, Pattern & People shed new light on distinctive local variations of furniture, presenting rare examples for which the maker or family history is known. The exhibition was accompanied by a fully illustrated, 304-page publication. Join us for an in-depth exploration of this diverse region and its various creative expressions.
Paint, Pattern & People: Furniture of Southeastern Pennsylvania, 1725–1850
By Wendy A. Cooper and Lisa Minardi
Learn more about the diverse furniture of southeastern Pennsylvania in this groundbreaking publication. The region’s great diversity comes into focus through new scholarship as well as never-before-published furniture and related objects. Purchase online or in the Museum Bookstore. Members receive a 10% discount.
Major funding provided by
Kaufman Americana Foundation
Henry Luce Foundation
Elizabeth B. McGraw Foundation
Richard C. von Hess Foundation
With support from
Pam and Jim Alexander; the Americana Foundation; the American Folk Art Society; Stephen and Susan Babinsky; Mrs. George P. Bissell, Jr.; Katharine and Robert Booth; Paul T. Clark; Susan Doherty and Syed Ali; DuPont Company; H. B. Ebert Foundation; Robert and Bobbie Falk; Susan Fetterolf and Jeffrey Gorrin; Henry Clay Frick Foundation; Tom and Karen Helm; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Hoopes, Jr.; Dr.* and Mrs. Henry A. Jordan; George M.* and Linda H. Kaufman; Kelly Kinzle; Carl* and Julie Lindberg; Sara and Forbes Maner; Mr. and Mrs. John L. McGraw; Richard and Pamela Mones; National Endowment for the Arts; National Endowment for the Humanities; Pook & Pook, Inc.; Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP; Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Bowie Roberts, Jr.; Arthur D. Robson*; Dr. Margaret B. and Mr. John Ruttenberg; Irvin and Anita Schorsch; Katharine Draper Schutt; Shelley Pennsylvania German Heritage Fund; Stephen and Dolores Smith; John J. Snyder, Jr.; Marian S. Ware 2003 Charitable Lead Annuity Trust; Beth and Stanley Weiss; Wood Foundation of Chambersburg, PA; and Wyeth Foundation for American Art. *Deceased.