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Topic: history of philadelphia

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The John Frank Keith Collection is held by the Library Company of Philadelphia, a non-profit research library

The John Frank Keith Collection is held by the Library Company of Phil...

Keith, John Frank, 1883-1947, photographer...ca. 1910-1940..1 photographic print : gelatin silver; 14 x 9 cm. (5.5 x 3.5 in.)..Image provided for reference purposes. Please visit our rights and reproductions w... more

Leaf from a Beatus Manuscript: the Angel of the Church of Philadelphia with Saint John

Leaf from a Beatus Manuscript: the Angel of the Church of Philadelphia...

Illustrated Beatus manuscripts bring to life an extraordinary vision of the end of the world, as recorded by Saint John in the Apocalypse (Book of Revelation) and filtered through the lens of Beatus of Liébana,... more

Dressing table

Dressing table

The legs and feet of this table have a distinctive pattern found only in Philadelphia furniture in the William and Mary style. Notably they closely match those on a high chest and dressing table at the Philadel... more

Side Chair

Side Chair

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Leather armchair

Leather armchair

Armchairs with serpentine backs, boldly carved hand terminals, and turned front posts were made in both Boston and Philadelphia during the second quarter of the eighteenth century. This armchair has a history o... more

Armchair

Armchair

To compete with Boston imports, chair makers in Philadelphia introduced a local interpretation of the fashionable Queen Anne style, wherein virtually all the structural members were gracefully curved. This armc... more

Side Chair

Side Chair

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Side Chair

Side Chair

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Settee

Settee

With its high, boldly scalloped back, C-scroll arms, and three cabriole front legs, this settee is an elegant variation of an English type fashionable around 1710. It is the earliest known settee made in Americ... more

Queen Anne Carved Cherrywood Side Chair

Queen Anne Carved Cherrywood Side Chair

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Side Chair

Side Chair

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Side Chair

Side Chair

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Side Chair

Side Chair

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Tea Table

Tea Table

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Tea Table

Tea Table

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Side chair

Side chair

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Side Chair

Side Chair

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Tea Table

Tea Table

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Easy Chair

Easy Chair

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Looking glass

Looking glass

Possibly made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; Possibly made in England

Drop-leaf Dining Table

Drop-leaf Dining Table

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Side Chair

Side Chair

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Armchair

Armchair

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Tilt-top Tea Table

Tilt-top Tea Table

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Side Chair

Side Chair

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Side Chair

Side Chair

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Queen Anne Carved Mahogany Side Chair

Queen Anne Carved Mahogany Side Chair

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Side Chair

Side Chair

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Side Chair

Side Chair

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Dressing Table

Dressing Table

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Chippendale Carved Mahogany Side Chair

Chippendale Carved Mahogany Side Chair

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

High chest of drawers

High chest of drawers

Immigrant craftsmen in Philadelphia produced the most elaborate and richly carved of all colonial American furniture. This high chest, with its powerful stance and ambitious ornamentation, is a worthy monument ... more

Side Chair

Side Chair

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Armchair

Armchair

This armchair is significantly larger than most made in this period and exudes a confident monumentality. It was made in the 1750s, when the taste for naturalistic ornament—mostly leaves and shells—was first be... more

Armchair

Armchair

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Armchair

Armchair

This rococo armchair belongs to a small group of unusually large-scale chairs, which may have been made outside Philadelphia in neighboring Maryland or Chester County, Pennsylvania. Possibly made in Philadelphi... more

Side chair

Side chair

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Chippendale Carved Mahogany Side Chair

Chippendale Carved Mahogany Side Chair

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Side chair

Side chair

This chair represents the Philadelphia scrolled-strapwork splat type at its refined best. The carved ornament has the bold high relief of the finest Philadelphia work. Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Sofa

Sofa

The camel-back sofa, so-called for the crest that forms a central hump, was the most common type of sofa made in America, most often Philadelphia, in the second half of the eighteenth century. There are numerou... more

Dressing table

Dressing table

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Side chair

Side chair

This chair represents the Philadelphia scrolled-strapwork splat type at its refined best. The carved ornament has the bold high relief of the finest Philadelphia work. Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Side chair

Side chair

Chairs with trefoil-pierced splats enjoyed great popularity in Philadelphia. On the most richly embellished examples, such as this one, the stiles and crest rail are finely carved in alternating long and short ... more

Sofa

Sofa

Probably made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Side chair

Side chair

The squat proportions of the back of this chair and the carved rail skirts are suggestive of English work, but the oval rear legs, side rails with through tenons, and design and carving of the back are in the c... more

Chippendale Carved Mahogany Dressing Table

Chippendale Carved Mahogany Dressing Table

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Side Chair

Side Chair

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Marble-slab table

Marble-slab table

This table was made for the Philadelphia merchant Benjamin Marshall (1737–1778) at the time of his marriage, in 1761, to Sarah Lynn (1739–1797). Marble-slab tables were used for serving beverages and hot foods.... more

Side chair

Side chair

A synthesis of motifs appearing in Thomas Chippendale’s "The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director" (1762 ed.), the design of this chair’s back splat appears to have originated in Philadelphia. Made in Philade... more

Side chair

Side chair

This is an example of the trefoil-pierced-splat chair, which was especially popular in Philadelphia. Except for the scroll-like central part of the crest rail, the design of the entire back was taken line for l... more

Easy Chair

Easy Chair

In the eighteenth century, easy chairs (often called “wing chairs” today) were usually found in bedrooms for the use of the aged or infirm. Thick padding and soft down cushions provided comfort, and the wings g... more

Tea Table

Tea Table

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Easy Chair

Easy Chair

The 1772 Philadelphia list of prices describes a chair like this as “Easy Chair frame plain feet and knees without Casters.” The pad foot with raised tongue, as here, is frequently found on Philadelphia side ch... more

Writing Table

Writing Table

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Side chair

Side chair

This chair is an unusual rendition of the Gothic taste in Philadelphia. The posts splay outward, forming an uncommonly broad crest rail, and the ornament is remarkably small in scale. The chair is coded number ... more

B. Franklin of Philadelphia - L.L.D. F.R.S. / B. Wilson pinxt. ; Js McArdell fecit.

B. Franklin of Philadelphia - L.L.D. F.R.S. / B. Wilson pinxt. ; Js Mc...

Benjamin Franklin, half-length portrait, standing, facing slightly left, he holds a book "Electric Expts", scientific instruments are to his left, and in the background lightning strikes a village. From a paint... more

Dressing Table

Dressing Table

This dressing table was made en suite with a high chest (18.110.4) and doubtless in the same shop. Careful examination, however, suggests that the pieces were carved by different hands. The carving here, though... more

High chest of drawers

High chest of drawers

The naturalistic carving on this tall chest is the work of highly skilled London-trained craftsmen who came to Philadelphia before the Revolutionary War to seek their fortunes. Characteristically, these makers ... more

The election, a medley, humbly inscribed to Squire Lilliput, professor of scurrility

The election, a medley, humbly inscribed to Squire Lilliput, professor...

Cartoon shows the old courthouse in Philadelphia during the October 1, 1764 election where a line of men wait at the steps on the right to enter the courthouse and cast their votes; in the foreground, many men,... more

Round Tea Table

Round Tea Table

One of the finest ornamentally carved Philadelphia circular tea tables, this example has exceptionally high knees and, on the pillar, an unusually flattened ball. The top is a finely figured board with a delica... more

Card Table

Card Table

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Bookcase

Bookcase

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Pembroke Table

Pembroke Table

This is an excellent example, with all the extras, of the Philadelphia Pembroke, or breakfast, table. In a Philadelphia cabinetmaker’s 1772 price list, a mahogany “Breakfast Table plain” cost “2-15-0” (2 pounds... more

Side Chair

Side Chair

Lavishly endowed with ornate carving, this chair is bigger and heavier than most Philadelphia Chippendale patterns. It was likely made for John Lambert (1746-1823), acting governor of New Jersey and, later, a U... more

Marble-slab table

Marble-slab table

This is probably one of the two “marble slabs” purchased by General John Cadwalader (1742–1786) at an auction in 1769 for use in his house on Second Street, which he furnished with an ornateness unparalleled el... more

Side Chair

Side Chair

With its perfect proportions, elegantly integrated crest and splat design, and unsurpassed carving, this is perhaps the best of all Philadelphia Chippendale chairs. The splat pattern, its dominant figure-eight ... more

Bust of John Locke

Bust of John Locke

The placement of busts of learned men in libraries is a tradition that dates from antiquity and proliferated in eighteenth-century Philadelphia. The likeness of the English philosopher John Locke (1632–1704) wa... more

Tilt-top tea table

Tilt-top tea table

Types of furniture associated with social interactions—especially the serving and drinking of tea—were indispensable components of fashionable parlors during the second half of the eighteenth century. Tilt-top ... more

Desk and bookcase

Desk and bookcase

Among the most impressive forms of American furniture, the desk and bookcase was a symbol of its owner’s mercantile and intellectual achievements. On this example, a carved finial bust of a young woman, likely ... more

Room from the Powel House, Philadelphia

Room from the Powel House, Philadelphia

The house at 244 South Third Street in Philadelphia from which this room was taken was constructed in 1765–66 by shipmaster and merchant Charles Stedman. Declining fortunes forced Stedman to sell the house almo... more

Firescreen

Firescreen

With a history of descent in the family of General John Cadwalader (1742–1786), this finely carved rococo fire screen can be identified with the “4 Mahogany fire screens @ 2-10” for which the cabinetmaker Thoma... more

Side Chair

Side Chair

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Doorway from Chalkley Hall, Frankford, Pennsylvania

Doorway from Chalkley Hall, Frankford, Pennsylvania

This granite and wood doorway was the former entrance to Chalkley Hall, a house formerly located at Frankford, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. The main portion of the house, including the doorway, was erected ... more

Dish

Dish

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Chest of Drawers

Chest of Drawers

On this chest with its fine original finish, the molded and carved edges of the top and the pendent floral garlands carved on the corner quarter columns exhibit the fullest use of Rococo ornament as applied to ... more

W.H. Drayton / drawn from the life by Du Simitier in Philadelphia ; engraved by B.L. Prevost at Paris.

W.H. Drayton / drawn from the life by Du Simitier in Philadelphia ; en...

William Henry Drayton, head-and-shoulders portrait, left profile, in medallion.

J. Reed / drawn from the life by Du Simitier in Philadelphia ; engraved by B.L. Prevost at Paris.

J. Reed / drawn from the life by Du Simitier in Philadelphia ; engrave...

Print shows Joseph Reed, head-and-shoulders portrait, left profile; in medallion on pedestal.

H. Gates / drawn from the life by Du Simitier in Philadelphia ; engraved by B.L. Prevost at Paris.

H. Gates / drawn from the life by Du Simitier in Philadelphia ; engrav...

Horatio Gates, head-and-shoulders portrait, left profile, in medallion.

Silas Deane, Esq. / drawn from the life by Dusimitiere, at Philadelphia ; W. Angus sculp.

Silas Deane, Esq. / drawn from the life by Dusimitiere, at Philadelphi...

Silas Deane, head-and-shoulders portrait, left profile, in medallion.

S. Huntingdon [sic] / drawn from the life by Du Simitier in Philadelphia ; engraved by B.L. Prevost at Paris.

S. Huntingdon [sic] / drawn from the life by Du Simitier in Philadelph...

Samuel Huntington, head-and-shoulders portrait, left profile, in medallion.

J. Dickenson [sic] / drawn from the life by Du Simitier in Philadelphia ; engraved by B.L. Prevost at Paris.

J. Dickenson [sic] / drawn from the life by Du Simitier in Philadelphi...

John Dickinson, head-and-shoulders portrait, left profile, in medallion.

S. Deane / drawn from the life by Du Simitier in Philadelphia ; engraved by B.L. Prevost at Paris.

S. Deane / drawn from the life by Du Simitier in Philadelphia ; engrav...

Silas Deane, head-and-shoulders portrait, left profile, in medallion.

Premiere assemblée du congrès / dessiné par le Barbier Peintre du Roi ; gravé par Godefroy de l'Academie Imple. et Royale de Vienne &c.

Premiere assemblée du congrès / dessiné par le Barbier Peintre du Roi ...

Print shows session of the First Continental Congress, September 1774, in Carpenter's Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.