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Museum Collections

Winterthur’s unparalleled collection of nearly 90,000 objects features decorative and fine arts made in America from 1630 to 1860. The collection is organized by ceramics, glass, furniture, metalwork, paintings and prints, and textiles and needlework. Famous for its American artwork, the collection is amplified with objects from other parts of the world, illustrating the active role America played in the international market.

Recent discoveries about objects are shared through publications, lectures, and conferences as well as house tours and displays in the galleries. Some collections also are accessible via databases, virtual catalogues, and web casts.

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Ceramics
Winterthur’s ceramics collection includes about 19,000 objects of types made in or…

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Furniture
Winterthur’s American furniture collection is the largest and arguably the finest in…

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Glass
Henry Francis du Pont began collecting American glass early in his career,…

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Metalwork
Metalsmiths who settled in colonial America and trained successive generations of craftsmen…

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Paintings & Prints
From the outset of his collecting in the 1920s, Henry Francis du…

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Textiles & Needlework
Henry Francis du Pont loved textiles for their colors, patterns, and textures.…

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Object of the Month: Pier Table
“This pier table greets visitors with its lanky legs, hairy-paw feet, and a powerful stance that seems to say, ‘Look at me!’ How…

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