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Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture: Image Collection

About the Image Collection

The image collection portion of this site provides searchable access to objects of significance to researchers of decorative arts and material culture.

More information about the collections

Chipstone Collections (furniture, ceramics, and prints)

The Chipstone Foundation was created in part to interpret the decorative arts collections of Stanley and Polly Stone. Over 100 works of Early American furniture, more than 270 ceramic objects, and 135 prints dating from the 17th to early 19th century, belonging to the Chipstone Foundation, are now represented in this database. Over 1,250 images (full views and selected details) have been digitized, based primarily on original photography shot for Chipstone by New York photographer Gavin Ashworth.

Chipstone collection information is in process of being updated. Ceramics entries are being expanded to contain full catalogue information written by Leslie B. Grigsby, Curator of Ceramics and Glass at the Winterthur Museum in Delaware, and Richard Miller, former Curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum at Colonial Williamsburg. Eventually, all the Chipstone ceramics and furniture will contain thorough catalogue information written by experts in the field.

Note that virtual exhibits containing some of the Chipstone Collections are also available on their website at

Longridge Collection (ceramics)

The Longridge Ceramics Collection has been called "the finest private collection of British delft and slipware in the world." Over 500 ceramic objects are presented here, with photographs of full views and selected details, accompanied by short descriptive entries. In addition, each entry has a link to fuller information contained in "The Longridge Collection of English Slipware and Delftware," a 2-volume print catalogue written by Leslie B. Grigsby, with contributions by Michael Archer, Margaret Macfarlane, and Jonathan Horne (London: Jonathan Horne Publications, copyright 2000).

Full text of the catalogue, including timelines, introductory essays, bibliography, and complete scholarly documentation of the objects, is available online at

HINT: The "Chipstone Accession No." or "Longridge No." link in the Is Part Of field may be used to retrieve all images associated with that object.

North Carolina Earthenware Collection (ceramics)

North Caroline Earthenware is a searchable digital collection of approximately 600 ceramic works created by Moravian potters in North Carolina in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Pieces include slip decorated dishes and other tableware, sculptural bottle forms, and fragmentary remains recovered from North Carolina pottery sites. Under the auspices of the Old Salem Museums & Gardens, the Chipstone Foundation, and the Caxambas Foundation, the pieces were consolidated from a variety of public and private collections and displayed in a 2010-13 traveling exhibition entitled "Art in Clay: Masterworks of North Carolina Earthenware." Images and descriptive catalogue entries created by Luke Beckerdite perpetuate and expand on that exhibit content. For additional essays about this remarkable regional tradition, see the 2009 and 2010 volumes of the annual journal "Ceramics in America." Views of the exhibition installation can be seen on the Chipstone Foundation website.