Washboards, armchairs, lamps, and pots and pans may not seem to be museum pieces. But they are invaluable evidence of how most people lived day to day, last week or three centuries ago. The Museum's collections of domestic furnishings comprise more than 40,000 artifacts from American households. Large and small, they include four houses, roughly 800 pieces of furniture, fireplace equipment, spinning wheels, ceramics and glass, family portraits, and much more.
The Arthur and Edna Greenwood Collection contains more than 2,000 objects from New England households from colonial times to mid-1800s. From kitchens of the past, the collections hold some 3,300 artifacts, ranging from refrigerators to spatulas. The lighting devices alone number roughly 3,000 lamps, candleholders, and lanterns.
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- This highly ornamented, carved porcelain vase was made by noted American art potter Adelaide Alsop Robineau in 1910. Robineau was astoundingly creative and productive. In addition to her art pottery, she was a china painter and teacher, and the founding editor of Keramic Studio, a long-lived and influential publication aimed at china painters. Although she bore three children between 1900 and 1906, Robineau still managed to find time to learn how to work with clay in 1902. She was so talented and successful that a mere three years later she exhibited examples of her porcelain at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis; Tiffany & Company began selling her porcelain in 1905.
- Robineau made this, the "Pastoral" vase, during her 18-month tenure at the University City Pottery in University City, Missouri. The pottery was an adjunct of the Peoples University, founded by University City businessman Edward Gardner Lewis as part of his American Woman's League—a for-profit organization that promoted voting rights, education, and other opportunities for women in the early 1900s.
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- Robineau, Adelaide Alsop
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- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center