Classical Splendor

Painted Furniture for a Grand Philadelphia House

Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley and Peggy A. Olley; With an essay by Jeffrey A. Cohen

View Inside Format: HC - Paper over Board
Price: $35.00
Our shopping cart only supports Mozilla Firefox. Please ensure you're using that browser before attempting to purchase.

Out of Print

This handsome book explores in depth a group of stunning painted and gilded furniture designed by the architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1764–1820), best known for originating the plans for the United States Capitol. The furniture was made in Philadelphia for one of the city’s finest houses—the home of William and Mary Wilcocks Waln, which Latrobe also designed. Drawing on a multiyear conservation and research project, Classical Splendor reveals new insights into the patrons, makers, and history behind these extraordinary pieces. In addition to extensively documenting each item, the book attests to Latrobe’s significant contributions to American furniture design—his pieces for the Waln house introduced, and served as exemplars of, a classical style rooted in ancient Greek and Roman design. 

Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley is the Montgomery-Garvan Curator of American Decorative Arts and Peggy A. Olley is the associate conservator of furniture and woodwork, both at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Jeffrey A. Cohen is senior lecturer and chair of the Growth and Structure of Cities Program at Bryn Mawr College.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

Philadelphia Museum of Art
(09/03/16–01/01/17)

ISBN: 9780300221718
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Publishing Partner: Published in association with the Philadelphia Museum of Art
160 pages, 11 x 10
170 color + 22 b/w illus.
American Furniture, 1650-1840

Highlights from the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley

View details