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Sarah Lawrence Brooks (detail)

Paintings, furniture, folk art, needlework, toys and costumes represent over 300 years of New England culture. Each object reveals the values of the communities that shaped this region of the early United States and ultimately informs the design and beauty of the things with which we choose to surround ourselves today. From art we can connect the past to the present to understand the material world around us.

Among more than 1,000 portraits is a likeness of Nathaniel Hawthorne that captures the author's inner spirit with a quality and immediacy that practically invites you to engage in conversation. John Singleton Copley's Portrait of Sarah Erving Waldo, in its original hand-carved frame, conveys the artist's ability to convincingly render details, shimmering fabrics and polished fine woods characteristic of the mid 18th century.

Period furniture - desks and bookcases that feature superb craftsmanship, clean lines and elegant form - illuminates all aspects of society, from the elite to the working class. And PEM's shoe collection, one of the largest in the world, reveals attitudes about clothing, sexuality and beauty.

 

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Nuclear Nuts Teapot Variation #13, Yixing Series, 2001

Nuclear Nuts Teapot Variation #13, Yixing Series, 2001

Richard T. Notkin (b. 1948)
Helena, Mont.
Stoneware

Museum Purchase

Accession Number: 138174
Vertical Vase # 5, 1997

Vertical Vase # 5, 1997

Sydney R. Hutter (b.1954)
Waltham, MA
Krystal Klear TM glass laminated with yellow 3R dye

Gift of Samuel C. Crocker

Powder Horn, 1764

Powder Horn, 1764

Richard Skidmore (1738-1820)
Salem, MA
Horn, wood, leather
Accession Number: 1086
Bowl: Tropic Array, 2001

Bowl: Tropic Array, 2001

Michael D. Mode (b. 1946)
New Haven, Vt.
Ziricote, purpleheart, yellowheart

Museum Purchase

Accession Number: 138268
Sarah Lawrence Brooks, 1890

Sarah Lawrence Brooks, 1890

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)
Boston, MA
Oil on Canvas
Accession Number: 2584
Sampler, 1807

Sampler, 1807

Sarah Todd (b. 1798)
Northeastern Massachusetts or New Hampshire
Silk and linen

Gift of Philip T. Andrews, 1977

Accession Number: 133992
Tulip Vases, ca. 1850

Tulip Vases, ca. 1850

Boston and Sandwich Glass Co. (active 1825-1888)
Sandwich, MA
Pressed glass

Museum Purchase, Gretchen Keller Glass Collection

Embroidered Dress, ca. 1880

Embroidered Dress, ca. 1880

Artist not identified
United States
Wool, silk, linen, cotton

Gift of David O. Ives, 1976

Accession Number: 133939
Lyre Clock, 1838

Lyre Clock, 1838

Edmund Currier (1793-1853)
Salem, MA
Gilt-wood, eglomise, glass, brass

Museum Purchase

Accession Number: 137828
Teapot, "Stamp Act Repeal'd" 1766

Teapot, "Stamp Act Repeal'd" 1766

Cockpit Hill Factory
Derby, England
Lead-glazed and hand painted earthenware

Gift of Richard Manning

Accession Number: 121493
Portrait of Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1840

Portrait of Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1840

Charles Osgood (1809-1890)
Salem, MA
Oil on canvas

Gift of Richard C. Manning

Accession Number: 17274
Portable Writing Desk, 1810-1814

Portable Writing Desk, 1810-1814

Thomas Seymour; painting by Hannah Crownshield
Boston/Salem, MA
Primary woods: mahogany with mahogany vener. Brass, paint

Peabody Essex Museum.  Gift of Elizabeth Clark and Katherine F. Clark

Accession Number: 124880
Portrait with Circle Cloth, 1999

Portrait with Circle Cloth, 1999

Jane Smaldone (b. 1953)
United States
Oil on canvas

Gift of Merry Glosband, Mr. and Mrs William LaCroix Phippen

Accession Number: 138209
Portrait of Jane Shattuck, 1904

Portrait of Jane Shattuck, 1904

Frank W. Benson (1862-1951)
Salem, MA
Oil on canvas

Gift of Mrs. George H. Shattuck

Accession Number: 125121
Overmantel:Imaginary View, ca. 1800

Overmantel:Imaginary View, ca. 1800

Michel Felice Corne (1752-1845)
Salem, MA
Oil on wood panel

Estate of Louise Du Pont Crounsheild

Accession Number: 129155.3
Fireboard:View of Court House Square, Salem, 1820

Fireboard:View of Court House Square, Salem, 1820

George Washington Felt (1776-1847)
Oil on wood panel
Salem, MA

Estate of B. F. Brown

Accession Number: 20526
Fireboard:View of Beverly, 1800-1820

Fireboard:View of Beverly, 1800-1820

Artist not identified
Salem, MA
Oil on wood panel

Gift of Mary O. Hodges

Accession Number: 20529-103932
Fireboard:Comtemplation by the Shore, 1790

Fireboard:Comtemplation by the Shore, 1790

Artist not identified
United States
Oil on wood panel, brass

Museum Purchase

Accession Number: 137681
Salem Common on Training Day, 1808

Salem Common on Training Day, 1808

George Ropes Jr. (1788-1819)
Salem, MA
Oil on canvas

Museum Purchase

Accession Number: 20625
Embroidered Picture, 1800-1810

Embroidered Picture, 1800-1810

Maria Chever (1789-1868)
Probably Salem, MA
Silk, reverse painting on glass, wood and gilding

Gift of the estate of Sarah A. CHever, 1908

Accession Number: 101801
Our Safari, 1940-1944

Our Safari, 1940-1944

Nannie Jenks Borden Phillips (1877-1963)
Topsfield, MA
Wool, canvas, and painted wood

Gift of the estate of Nannie Jenks Borden Phillips, 1963

Accession Number: 130443
View of Salem from Gallows Hill, 1818

View of Salem from Gallows Hill, 1818

Alvan Fisher (1792-1863)
Salem, MA
Oil on canvas

Museum Purchase

Accession Number: 137559
The Gossips

The Gossips

Frederic Remington
United States
Oil on linen canvas

Given in memory of Esther Paine LaCroix and Morris F. LaCroix

Accession Number: 137752
Worktable, 1820-21

Worktable, 1820-21

Painted decoration by Mary L. Poor (1806-84)
North Shore of Mass.
Maple, birch, paint, and brass

Museum Purchase

Accession Number: 135590
Putnam Family Cupboard, 1680

Putnam Family Cupboard, 1680

Attributed to James Symonds (1633-1714)
Salem, MA
Oak, maple, walnut, pine

Gift of Harriet Putnam Fowler

Accession Number: 108889
Coffee Service, 1999

Coffee Service, 1999

Michael Banner (b. 1940) and Maureen Banner (b. 1946)
Monterey, MA
Silver, rosewood

Museum Purchase

Accession Number: 137986
Cameo Parure, ca. 1820

Cameo Parure, ca. 1820

Artist not identified
Italy
Gold, shell, brass

Museum purchase with funding from the Jane A. and George H. Mifflin

Accession Number: 119928
Island Bride, 2002

Island Bride, 2002

Brian White (b.1960)
Owl's Head and Union, ME
Mixed media including steel, seashell, composition, marine epoxy, paint

Museum purchase

Accession Number: 138368
Firebucket, Adroit Fire Club, 1830-1840

Firebucket, Adroit Fire Club, 1830-1840

Artist not identified
Salem, MA
Leather, Paint, Iron

Gift of James A. Chamberlain

Accession Number: 2733
Pomona, Figure of Plenty. 1793

Pomona, Figure of Plenty. 1793

Simeon Skillin Jr. (1756–1806)
Boston, Massachusetts
Wood, paint
H: 56 in, W: 24 in, D: 19 in


Gift of Anne Valliant Dort in memory of Amy Johnson Brigham

Accession Number: M7308
Dwarf Clock, 1790

Dwarf Clock, 1790

Samuel Mulliken (1764–1846)
United States - Salem, MA
Mahogany, pine, brass, steel
H: 38.5 in, W: 11.75 in, D: 7 in

Museum purchase

Accession Number: 137713
Painted Side Chair, 1740-1760; Japanned decoration, 1790-1820

Painted Side Chair, 1740-1760; Japanned decoration, 1790-1820

Artist not identified
United States - Boston, MA
Mahogany, paint, reproduction upholstery
H: 40.125 in, W: 22 in, D: 20.5 in

Museum purchase

Accession Number: 137827
Mega Megaplanet, 1999

Mega Megaplanet, 1999

Josh Simpson (b. 1949)
United Stated - Massachusetts
Glass
dia.: 11 in

Museum purchase

Accession Number: 137968
Quill Basket, 1999

Quill Basket, 1999

Jo Anne Russo (b. 1956)
United States - Vermont
Black ash, pine needles, porcupine quills
H: 12.75 in, dia.: 8 in, W: 3.5 in

Museum purchase

Accession Number: 137978
Creamer, ca. 1850

Creamer, ca. 1850

Alfred Green
United States - Sandwich, MA
Blown glass

 Boston & Sandwich Glass Company.

Portrait of Sarah Erving Waldo, ca 1765

Portrait of Sarah Erving Waldo, ca 1765

John Singleton Copley (1737-1815)
United States - Boston, MA
Oil on canvas