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Jonathan and Karin Fielding Collection

The Fielding Collection of Early American Art is an esteemed group of American works from the period 1680 to around 1870. Numbering in the hundreds of objects, the collection includes important examples of painted portraits, furniture, needlework, painted boxes, quilts, and related decorative art. The collection also focuses on beautiful objects made for everyday living by mostly rural New Englanders: lighting devices, fire buckets, metal implements, scrimshaw, handwoven rugs, and weathervanes together evoke the rustic yet refined world built by the hands of early Americans. In its rich diversity, the Fielding Collection offers a rare opportunity to explore early American history through objects made for everyday use and through images of the people who used them.