I recently ran across the 1877 publication, “Gems of the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia”, made available in its entirety below, from Google Books. It is a sort of greatest hits of the 1876 exhibition which was an amazing global congregation of decorative arts from around the globe.
Works from the U.S. start around page 129 and includes plates depicting furniture from Pottier & Stymus, Kimbel & Cabus, Gottlieb Vollmer, Ellin and Kitson (shown above), Allen & Brother and more.
This post will foreshadow another post happening some time later next week and the “Gems” book will play an important part in it. In the meantime, enjoy the exhibition …
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