WORLDLY GOODS: PENNSYLVANIA 1680-1758 PAPER
By Jack L. Lindsey
Essays by Richard S. Dunn, Edward C. Carter II and Richard Saunders
From 1680, when William Penn petitioned King Charles II of England for a colony in North America, to 1758, when the Quakers no longer controlled the vote in the Pennsylvania Assembly, Pennsylvania was a singular place. The only British colony founded on principles of religious tolerance and liberty of conscience, it had one of the most heterogeneous, ethnically diverse populations in America, with colonists from England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Germany, France, Sweden, and Finland, as well as Africans and native Americans. The confluence of the varied traditions from these countries, together with influences from other places abroad, such as Italy, Portugal, and the East and West Indies, resulted in a particularly rich and distinctive body of decorative arts. The more than five hundred objects featured in this catalogue —including furniture, silver and other metalwork, glass, ceramics, textiles, Native American artifacts, paintings, works on paper, and manuscripts—bear ample witness to the styles and aesthetics of early Pennsylvania and illustrate the rapid advances that took place in the colony during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, not only in the arts but also in commerce, technology, scientific inquiry, and philosophy.
594 illustrations (214 color), 12" x 9 1/4"
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