American to 1900

The majority of American decorative arts in the museum’s collection range from the mid-18th to late 19th-century and includes examples of pressed and blown glass, beadwork, silver, embroideries, furniture, quilts, and coverlets. Among the highlights are a Townsend family long-case clock, a Boston high chest of drawers, a New York Pembroke table, early Keene and Cleveland glasswork, overshot and double weave coverlets, white-work garments, and a pair of silver Tiffany ewers. The collection also includes several examples of Tennessee furniture, most notably a sugar chest and a Wilson County Sideboard.


Tiffany & Company, American (New York)
Pair of Ewers, 1891-1902
21 5/8" x 10 5/8" x 7 1/4"
Gift of the Decorative Arts Trust 2001.2.1-2


Crib Quilt, ca. 1880
Silks and velvets with embroidery; machine-sewn, pre-made backing
55" x 41"
Gift of Mrs. S. H. Brooks 16.17


American (Boston, Massachusetts)
High Chest of Drawers, ca. 1710-1735
Maple and burl walnut
63" x 39" x 22"
Gift of the Decorative Arts Trust 90.6



South Jersey-type, American
Lily Pad Pitcher, ca. 1835
Blown aquamarine glass
7 7/8" x 7 ¾" x 5 7/8"
Transferred from Memphis Pink Palace Museum through the Memphis Glass Collectors' Club 56.131



Ephraim Mallard, American, 1789-ca. 1854
Chest of Drawers, ca. 1810
Birch, maple, mahogany veneers, secondary woods birch and pine
37 5/8" x 40 1/2" x 20 3/4"
Gift of the Decorative Arts Trust 92.4



Hannah Coates, American, ca. 1794-n.d.
Sampler with Motifs Representing The Garden of Eden, 1807
Linen embroidered with silk threads
20 1/2" x 17 1/4"
Bequest of Anne Baker 50.46



American (New York)
Pembroke Table, ca. 1790-1810
Mahogany with mahogany and satinwood inlays
28 1/2" x 19" x 39"dia.
Bequest of Julie Isenberg 87.20.42



George Heilbronn, American (Lancaster, Ohio), active 1839-1857
Coverlet, 1848
Wool and cotton, double weave jacquard
91" x 76"
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. McCool 57.114



Samuel Kirk & Son, American (Baltimore, Maryland)
Tea Kettle and Stand, 1880-1890
Coin silver, repousse, bone or ivory insets
13 1/4" x 9" x 7 1/4"
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art purchase; Morrie A. Moss Acquisition Fund 2001.7a-c