Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/exhibitions/51668989/

Hewitt Sisters Collect

Two remarkable women founded the collection and institution that is now Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Sarah and Eleanor Hewitt, granddaughters of the industrialist and inventor Peter Cooper, formed the core collection, which was originally housed in New York's Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. With the goal of elevating the state of decorative design in America, they looked to Paris's Musee des Arts Decoratifs as a model and in 1897 the Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration was inaugurated. Displayed here and in the two galleries to your left are objects collected by the Hewitt sisters, ranging from prints, drawings, furniture, and metalwork to buttons, birdcages, and textiles.They purchased works of technical as well as artistic merit at home and on their travels to Europe, from dealers, and at auction. The collection was conceived as "a practical working laboratory," a visual library where students, designers, and the public could be inspired directly by objects. There were few restrictions: objects could be touched, moved, sketched, photographed, and measured. Even by today's standards, the sisters' vision for a modern museum was radical. Today, thanks to unprecedented access to digital technology, we can continue to extend the sisters' user-focused ambitions. A museum's collection tells the story of its founders, donors, directors, and curators, and the richness of Cooper Hewitt's collection is no exception. Celebrated here are donors to the core of our collection, which was amassed by Sarah and Eleanor Hewitt in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The sisters also solicited friends and acquaintances for contributions of objects or funds to grow the collections that served as design resource material for the Museum for the Arts of Decoration in the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. To assist in their efforts, in 1907, under the direction of department store owner and collector George A. Hearn, the sisters established an advisory committee of leaders from the artistic, collecting, and business communities. Members included industrialist J.P. Morgan, who donated important collections of sixteenth-century textiles, and Astor descendant Mr. John Innes Kane and his wife Anne Schermerhorn Kane, who gave objects they purchased and inherited, ranging in date from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century. Other donors included Mrs. Charles Alexander; Mrs. George T. Bliss, and her daughter Susan Dwight Bliss; and railroad and banking magnate Jacob H. Schiff. The acquisition of French drawings and prints from collector and dealer Jean Leon Decloux, and Italian drawings owned by Borghese family curator Giovanni Piancastelli, reflects the Hewitt sisters' commitment to eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century designs on paper in addition to decorative arts. Hewitt Sisters Collect is made possible by generous support from Nancy Marks. Additional funding is provided by Margery and Edgar Masinter and the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18094463/

  • linen
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • lions
  • churches
  • tassels
  • altars
  • vines
  • covers

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18094763/

  • silk, linen
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • lions
  • churches
  • upholstery
  • birds
  • apparel fabric
  • vines

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18102519/

  • linen
  • Gift of Raimundo de Madrazo
  • women's fashion accessories
  • symmetry
  • women's clothing
  • scrolls
  • leaves
  • headcovering

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18104493/

  • iron, shakudo (copper and gold alloy)
  • Gift of Mrs. Hamilton Fish Webster

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18105039/

  • Designed by Sir James Thornhill
  • pen and brown ink, brush and wash on tan laid paper, lined
  • Gift of Mrs. Charles B. Alexander
  • artists
  • ceilings
  • architecture
  • allegory
  • study
  • preparatory
  • art
  • gods
  • putti
  • mythology
  • antiquity
  • royalty
  • goddesses
  • designers
  • fantasy
  • columns
  • figural

A painted staircase was a significant status symbol at the end of the 17th century, as seen in the royal residences of Windsor Castle and Hampton Court. Thornhill, who had experience designing stage sets, had a flair for the dramatic and a talent for illusionistic perspective, as reflected in this exuberant design.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18111015/

  • brush and brown wash, pen and brown ink, red, black, and white chalk on off-white laid paper
  • Museum purchase through gift of various donors
  • artists
  • collectors
  • figures
  • allegory
  • study
  • preparatory
  • art
  • heavens
  • putti
  • mythology
  • sketch
  • baroque

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18111691/

  • Designed by Felice Giani
  • pen and brown ink, brush and watercolor on off-white laid paper
  • Museum purchase through gift of various donors
  • architects
  • artists
  • circles
  • illusionistic
  • figures
  • allegory
  • study
  • preparatory
  • art
  • heavens
  • clouds
  • mythology
  • wings
  • ceiling design
  • drawing
  • studio
  • rainbows
  • antiquity
  • storm
  • lightning
  • rounded

Giani specialized in decorative ensembles for northern and central Italian homes. Iris, goddess of the rainbow, would be an ideal subject for a ceiling. This sheet was likely presented to a client for approval before the concept was transferred to a painted surface.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18122837/

  • pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, graphite on thick white laid paper
  • Museum purchase through gift of various donors
  • collectors
  • allegory
  • study
  • preparatory
  • art
  • mythology
  • antiquity
  • landscape
  • fresco design
  • Athens
  • soldiers
  • barrels
  • war

Rapidly rendered in seemingly effortless pen, this drawing of Alexander the Great visiting the philosopher Diogenes testifies to Giani’s strong command of classical vocabulary and visual expression, which he adapted to the tastes of his patrons. This preparatory drawing is for a series that Giani painted in the Palazzo Nagliati, in Ferrara, Italy. Giovanni Piancastelli, a drawing teacher, collector, and curator of the Borghese collection in Rome, disposed of his drawings collection between 1901 and 1907. Using agents in Rome to preview the drawings, the Hewitt sisters recommended that the museum acquire about 3,700 mostly Italian decorative arts and architecture drawings in 1901. In 1938, the museum was able to largely reunite Piancastelli’s decorative drawings collection by acquiring about 8,700 drawings from Mrs. Edward D. Brandegee of Brookline, Massachusetts, who had originally purchased them in 1904.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18130223/

  • warp: s-spun linen; wefts: s-spun linen, s-spun wool
  • Gift of John Pierpont Morgan
  • domestic interiors
  • cushions
  • monochrome
  • interlaced
  • burial
  • knots
  • spiritual protection

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18130465/

  • silk
  • Gift of John Pierpont Morgan
  • royalty
  • elephants
  • churches
  • roundel
  • pearls
  • burial
  • winged horses
  • fantastical creatures
  • simurghs

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18132491/

  • warp: undyed s-spun wool; wefts: s-spun red wool; s-spun white linen; s-spun pink wool; s-spun green wool (2 shades); s-spun black wool
  • horses
  • royalty
  • lions
  • men's clothing
  • roundel
  • burial
  • riders

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18133289/

  • silk, metallic (gilded parchment wound around silk core)
  • architecture
  • churches
  • domestic interiors
  • drinking
  • roundel
  • interlaced
  • pair
  • Islamic

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18133847/

  • silk, metallic
  • metallic
  • domestic interiors
  • furnishing fabric
  • apparel fabric
  • vines
  • vegetal
  • curving line
  • shadows

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18133875/

  • silk embroidery on linen foundation
  • Gift of John Pierpont Morgan
  • borders
  • dragons
  • tableware
  • monochrome
  • altars
  • vines
  • centaurs

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18133903/

  • silk and metallic embroidery on linen foundation
  • Gift of John Pierpont Morgan
  • metallic
  • clergy
  • churches
  • ovals
  • vestments
  • angels
  • Madonna and Child
  • halos
  • crescent

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18134343/

  • silk, metallic
  • Gift of John Pierpont Morgan
  • churches
  • men's clothing
  • script
  • interlaced
  • burial
  • rosettes
  • calligraphy
  • Arabic
  • kufic

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18135583/

  • enameled copper, brass
  • Gift of Samuel P. Avery
  • decoration
  • domestic
  • dining
  • floral
  • symmetry
  • plates
  • stylized

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18136169/

  • leather, stamped, silvered, painted
  • Gift of Eleanor Garnier Hewitt
  • interior
  • interior decoration
  • domestic
  • home
  • flowers
  • wallcovering
  • floral
  • interior design
  • foliate
  • All-over
  • relief
  • leather
  • embossed

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18136579/

  • leather, stamped, embossed, silvered, varnished
  • Museum purchase through gift of Thomas Snell
  • interior
  • home
  • wallcovering
  • floral
  • birds
  • scrolls
  • frame
  • embossed

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18143591/

  • cast and gilt bronze
  • Gift of Jacob H. Schiff
  • decoration
  • interior decoration
  • ornament
  • furniture
  • symmetry
  • gilt
  • lotus
  • palmettes
  • decorative
  • rosettes
  • metalwork

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18152989/

  • cast and gilt bronze mounted on carved wood block
  • Gift of Mrs. Charles B. Alexander
  • decoration
  • interior decoration
  • flowers
  • gilt
  • capitals
  • foliate
  • carved
  • rosettes
  • acanthus
  • metalwork

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18154801/

  • wrought iron
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18155189/

  • soft-paste porcelain with polychrome overglaze decoration
  • Gift of Mrs. George T. Bliss
  • ceramics
  • flowers
  • dining
  • floral
  • serve
  • insects

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18158423/

  • carved oak
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
  • architecture
  • interior decoration
  • panels
  • heads
  • wall
  • sun
  • foliate
  • carved
  • wood

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18167577/

  • partially tinned and partially gilt wrought iron
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18168071/

  • carved walnut
  • Gift of George Arnold Hearn
  • religious
  • decoration
  • figures
  • Jesus
  • carved
  • ritual
  • Christian
  • walnut

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18169057/

  • cast and engraved iron
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
  • decoration
  • floral
  • protection
  • mechanical
  • movement
  • security
  • trophy
  • iron

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18170111/

  • pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, black chalk on off-white laid paper
  • fish
  • study
  • preparatory
  • designers
  • luxury
  • mystery
  • fantasy
  • columns
  • festival
  • mermaids
  • boats

In 1905, the Hewitt sisters were introduced to Jean-Léon Decloux in Paris during one of their acquisitions trips. Decloux collected drawings, print albums, and decorative arts objects, and soon became one of their agents for purchasing works on paper. To cement the relationship, he quickly donated examples of French ornamental paneling. On Decloux’s recommendation, the Hewitt sisters encouraged the museum’s advisory council to purchase over 500 drawings from Decloux’s collection in 1911; in 1921, the museum acquired 413 albums of Decloux’s ornament prints and related preparatory drawings.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18170467/

  • pen and gray ink, brush and watercolor, gouache, gold paint, black chalk on white laid paper
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
  • architects
  • artists
  • ceilings
  • architecture
  • interior
  • illusionistic
  • horses
  • figures
  • allegory
  • preparatory
  • green
  • art
  • painters
  • vaults
  • chariots
  • gods
  • pendentive
  • heavens
  • rococo
  • ornament
  • Apollo
  • putti
  • clouds
  • light
  • mythology

In 1905, the Hewitt sisters were introduced to Jean-Léon Decloux in Paris during one of their acquisitions trips. Decloux collected drawings, print albums, and decorative arts objects, and soon became one of their agents for purchasing works on paper. To cement the relationship, he quickly donated examples of French ornamental paneling. On Decloux’s recommendation, the Hewitt sisters encouraged the museum’s advisory council to purchase over 500 drawings from Decloux’s collection in 1911; in 1921, the museum acquired 413 albums of Decloux’s ornament prints and related preparatory drawings.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18170501/

  • pen and black ink, brush and gouache, black chalk on toned paper, lined
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
  • interior
  • decoration
  • allegory
  • preparatory
  • art
  • ornament
  • putti
  • home
  • neoclassical
  • antiquity
  • flowers
  • goddesses
  • symmetry
  • domestic interiors
  • arabesques
  • urns
  • grotesques
  • wall decoration
  • dance
  • garlands
  • satyrs

Moitte designed this neoclassical panel as part of a commission for the Hôtel de Salm in Paris. The bright turquoise gouache is typical of the highly saturated color palette then popular for domestic interiors. The design is a variation on the grotesque motif, characterized by a non-narrative assembly of fantastic animals. In 1905, the Hewitt sisters were introduced to Jean-Léon Decloux in Paris during one of their acquisitions trips. Decloux collected drawings, print albums, and decorative arts objects, and soon became one of their agents for purchasing works on paper. To cement the relationship, he quickly donated examples of French ornamental paneling. On Decloux’s recommendation, the Hewitt sisters encouraged the museum’s advisory council to purchase over 500 drawings from Decloux’s collection in 1911; in 1921, the museum acquired 413 albums of Decloux’s ornament prints and related preparatory drawings.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18171131/

  • pen and black ink, brush and gray, green wash, watercolor, graphite on white laid paper
  • architects
  • architecture
  • decoration
  • figures
  • allegory
  • men
  • chariots
  • mythology
  • neoclassical
  • arches
  • lions
  • classical
  • symmetry
  • columns
  • women
  • commemorative
  • monument
  • celebration
  • coat of arms
  • urban
  • trophy
  • triumph

In 1905, the Hewitt sisters were introduced to Jean-Léon Decloux in Paris during one of their acquisitions trips. Decloux collected drawings, print albums, and decorative arts objects, and soon became one of their agents for purchasing works on paper. To cement the relationship, he quickly donated examples of French ornamental paneling. On Decloux’s recommendation, the Hewitt sisters encouraged the museum’s advisory council to purchase over 500 drawings from Decloux’s collection in 1911; in 1921, the museum acquired 413 albums of Decloux’s ornament prints and related preparatory drawings.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18171205/

  • pen and black ink, brush and watercolor, black chalk on white laid paper
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
  • architects
  • architecture
  • interior
  • allegory
  • religion
  • pulpits
  • clergy
  • churches
  • designers
  • balustrades
  • Paris
  • stairs

In 1905, the Hewitt sisters were introduced to Jean-Léon Decloux in Paris during one of their acquisitions trips. Decloux collected drawings, print albums, and decorative arts objects, and soon became one of their agents for purchasing works on paper. To cement the relationship, he quickly donated examples of French ornamental paneling. On Decloux’s recommendation, the Hewitt sisters encouraged the museum’s advisory council to purchase over 500 drawings from Decloux’s collection in 1911; in 1921, the museum acquired 413 albums of Decloux’s ornament prints and related preparatory drawings.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18171863/

  • pen and black ink, brush and gray wash, watercolor, black chalk on white laid paper
  • collectors
  • architecture
  • interior
  • art
  • luxury
  • fantasy
  • masquerade
  • party
  • celebration
  • orchestra
  • costume
  • commedia dell'arte
  • topiary

In 1905, the Hewitt sisters were introduced to Jean-Léon Decloux in Paris during one of their acquisitions trips. Decloux collected drawings, print albums, and decorative arts objects, and soon became one of their agents for purchasing works on paper. To cement the relationship, he quickly donated examples of French ornamental paneling. On Decloux’s recommendation, the Hewitt sisters encouraged the museum’s advisory council to purchase over 500 drawings from Decloux’s collection in 1911; in 1921, the museum acquired 413 albums of Decloux’s ornament prints and related preparatory drawings.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18172609/

  • chalk, brush and gray wash on laid paper
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
  • artists
  • horses
  • study
  • art
  • royalty
  • animals
  • dogs
  • lions
  • gardens
  • dragons
  • students
  • sketch
  • Louvre
  • sculpture
  • bronze

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18172839/

  • pen and black ink, brush and watercolor on white laid paper
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
  • interior
  • study
  • preparatory
  • domestic
  • royalty
  • domestic interiors
  • luxury
  • columns
  • canopy
  • balustrades
  • curtain
  • monogram
  • sleep
  • elevations
  • crowns
  • beds

In 1905, the Hewitt sisters were introduced to Jean-Léon Decloux in Paris during one of their acquisitions trips. Decloux collected drawings, print albums, and decorative arts objects, and soon became one of their agents for purchasing works on paper. To cement the relationship, he quickly donated examples of French ornamental paneling. On Decloux’s recommendation, the Hewitt sisters encouraged the museum’s advisory council to purchase over 500 drawings from Decloux’s collection in 1911; in 1921, the museum acquired 413 albums of Decloux’s ornament prints and related preparatory drawings.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18175435/

  • brush and wash, gouache, charcoal on gray-green wove paper
  • artists
  • collectors
  • fish
  • art
  • clouds
  • landscape
  • lake
  • Canada
  • rivers
  • fishermen
  • forests
  • monochrome
  • sports
  • black and white

Homer was an avid fisherman and a master of watercolor. Fortunately, he was able to combine his avocation with his profession. Through a combination of broad strokes, soakings, and calligraphic gestures, he was able to convey this wilderness scene and to express the serenity of man in harmony with his majestic surroundings. Beginning in 1912, Winslow Homer’s brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Savage Homer Jr., donated to the museum over 250 drawings from Homer’s studio in Prouts Neck, Maine, and 22 oil paintings hanging in their home. Charles was acquainted with the Hewitt sisters and also knew the painter Elliot Clark, who was acquiring American drawings on the Hewitt sisters’ behalf. With the acquisition of additional material, the museum now holds the largest group of works by Homer in any private or public collection.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18175523/

  • enameled and glazed porcelain
  • domestic
  • flowers
  • dining
  • drinking
  • brightly colored
  • curved

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18177711/

  • block-printed paper on pasteboard support
  • Gift of Mrs. James O. Green
  • architecture
  • dome
  • home
  • landscape
  • storage
  • transport
  • US Capitol

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18177753/

  • block-printed paper on pasteboard support
  • Gift of Mrs. James O. Green
  • home
  • water
  • transport
  • tourism
  • boats
  • engineering
  • Grand Canal
  • Erie Canal
  • horse-drawn

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18180009/

  • block-printed paper on pasteboard support
  • Gift of Mrs. Frederick F. Thompson
  • home
  • storm
  • waves
  • storage
  • transport
  • ships
  • sea
  • lighthouse

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18180119/

  • block-printed paper on pasteboard support
  • Gift of Mrs. Frederick F. Thompson
  • home
  • barrels
  • storage
  • transport
  • president
  • log cabin
  • cider

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18180127/

  • block-printed paper on pasteboard support
  • Gift of Mrs. Frederick F. Thompson
  • home
  • military
  • storage
  • transport
  • equestrian
  • president
  • generals

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18180871/

  • wrought and partially gilded iron
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18185387/

  • terracotta
  • Gift of Charles W. Gould
  • ceramics
  • figures
  • dining
  • women's clothing
  • drinking
  • cup
  • palmettes
  • figurative
  • tableware
  • nude
  • female

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18187025/

  • painted wood, bent metal wire, metal
  • architecture
  • decoration
  • home
  • exhibition
  • bridges
  • vista
  • colonnade
  • birds
  • scrolls
  • stairs
  • birdkeepers
  • hobbyists
  • cages
  • leisure
  • decorative
  • walkway
  • miniature
  • Rialto Bridge
  • doors

When the Hewitt sisters travelled to Europe in pursuit of objects for the museum they were creating (see photo of Sarah, Eleanor, and Amy Hewitt in a Venetian gondola), they collected items that, today, might not seem immediately relevant to a design museum—like birdcages. The European-focused Hewitt sisters acquired birdcages in various media, such as ceramics and glass. Others represent specific architecture from various locations.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18187635/

  • tin-glazed earthenware, metal wire, metal
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • decoration
  • container
  • arches
  • landscape
  • animals
  • birds
  • birdkeepers
  • cages
  • nature
  • brightly colored
  • protection
  • pastoral
  • geometric
  • security
  • windmills

When the Hewitt sisters travelled to Europe in pursuit of objects for the museum they were creating (see photo of Sarah, Eleanor, and Amy Hewitt in a Venetian gondola), they collected items that, today, might not seem immediately relevant to a design museum—like birdcages. The European-focused Hewitt sisters acquired birdcages in various media, such as ceramics and glass. Others represent specific architecture from various locations.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18187735/

  • turned, cut, and stained mahogany, cherry, pine, cut brass, wire, enamel-painted metal
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • architecture
  • arches
  • churches
  • birdkeepers
  • hobbyists
  • cages
  • Gothic

This birdcage is a model of a church in Flushing, Queens, New York; by the time the Hewitts owned the birdcage, the church was covered in stone. The spacing between the wooden slats provides visibility and ventilation for the birds and differentiates between an actual architectural model and a practical birdcage. When the Hewitt sisters travelled to Europe in pursuit of objects for the museum they were creating (see photo of Sarah, Eleanor, and Amy Hewitt in a Venetian gondola), they collected items that, today, might not seem immediately relevant to a design museum—like birdcages. The European-focused Hewitt sisters acquired birdcages in various media, such as ceramics and glass. Others represent specific architecture from various locations.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18187781/

  • glass, silver-plated metal, metal, gilt wood
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • birds
  • metalwork

When the Hewitt sisters travelled to Europe in pursuit of objects for the museum they were creating (see photo of Sarah, Eleanor, and Amy Hewitt in a Venetian gondola), they collected items that, today, might not seem immediately relevant to a design museum—like birdcages. The European-focused Hewitt sisters acquired birdcages in various media, such as ceramics and glass. Others represent specific architecture from various locations.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18187831/

  • lacquered wood with inlaid bone,ivory, and ebony (base); carved and cut ivory, carved wood, carved jade, carved amber, cloisonné enamel, glazed porcelain
  • Gift of Thomas F. Ryan
  • dome
  • container
  • display
  • birdkeepers
  • carved
  • lacquer

Primarily produced in the era of Qianlong, a Chinese ruler known for his artistic sensibility, this birdcage marries beauty and function. Chinese bird keeping dates back to the 3rd century BC. By the 18th century, pet songbirds and their lavishly constructed cages were synonymous with social stature, marks of luxury and tradition. When the Hewitt sisters travelled to Europe in pursuit of objects for the museum they were creating (see photo of Sarah, Eleanor, and Amy Hewitt in a Venetian gondola), they collected items that, today, might not seem immediately relevant to a design museum—like birdcages. The European-focused Hewitt sisters acquired birdcages in various media, such as ceramics and glass. Others represent specific architecture from various locations.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18187945/

  • enameled gold set with pearls, braided hair under glass cover
  • Gift of Georgina and Louisa L. Schuyler
  • circles
  • pattern
  • women's fashion accessories
  • personal adornment
  • woven
  • rectangular
  • mourning
  • texture
  • cross-hatching

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18190235/

  • iron
  • Gift of Edmund J. Stone

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18190499/

  • block printed on handmade paper, pasteboard support
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • architecture
  • home
  • cylinder
  • storage
  • transport
  • smoke
  • fire
  • New York
  • horse-drawn
  • fire engine
  • safety

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18200507/

  • brush and oil, black chalk on thin cream paperboard
  • artists
  • architecture
  • study
  • preparatory
  • art
  • light
  • studio
  • antiquity
  • landscape
  • classical
  • temple
  • columns
  • courtyard
  • colonnade
  • documentation
  • sketch
  • Parthenon
  • night
  • illumination
  • fireworks
  • brightly colored
  • temples

Church was on the Acropolis when a pyrotechnical display was staged for the king and queen of Greece. In this oil sketch, Church captures a dramatic moment when the fireworks reflect on the Parthenon. The museum holds the largest collection of Frederic E. Church objects in the world. Donated by the artist’s son, Louis P. Church, the gift was solicited by Charles W. Gould, a museum trustee, and by the painter Elliot Clark, who acted as an agent for the Hewitt sisters. The Parthenon oil sketch on display was likely painted in the studio after a quick graphite study that Church executed (with color notations) while observing the fireworks display. The black and white sketch is also included in the Church collection.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18204373/

  • painted metal
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18204885/

  • cast iron
  • Gift of Edith Wetmore
  • architecture
  • interior
  • decoration
  • figures
  • domestic
  • neoclassical
  • personal environmental control
  • drapery
  • utility
  • foliate
  • environmental control
  • demi-lune
  • bas relief
  • iron

Edith Wetmore, a close friend of the Hewitt sisters, provided this radiator from her family’s New York house. As a utilitarian object and an architectural sculpture with references to classical antiquity, its design enabled the oversize heat source to be featured openly in the increasingly lavish and comfortable interiors of the 19th century.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18212313/

  • brush and white gouache on laid paper, coated with resin, joined
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • allegory
  • preparatory
  • flowers
  • royalty
  • designers
  • commemorative
  • shell
  • eagles
  • wreaths
  • craftsmen
  • celebration
  • Napoleon
  • roses
  • stars
  • embroiderers
  • medal
  • imperial
  • embroidery

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18214463/

  • black-figured earthenware
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor
  • ceramics
  • figures
  • mythology
  • dining
  • drinking
  • foliage

Before and during the Hewitt sisters’ era, the study of antiquity was the basis of education. Ancient forms, colors, and decoration represent part of the classical vocabulary perceived as mandatory for understanding design history. Greek earthenware vessels, such as this, provided models for Josiah Wedgwood’s versions in late 18th-century England.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18214745/

  • carved and painted pine, wrought iron gate and window grill
  • Gift of Mrs. James O. Green and Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • architecture
  • display
  • classical
  • model
  • ironwork
  • carved
  • exterior
  • gates
  • entry

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18218673/

  • brush and watercolor, pen and black ink, graphite on white laid paper
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
  • study
  • antiquity
  • royalty
  • designers
  • luxury
  • fantasy
  • birds
  • scrolls
  • seating
  • aristocratic
  • experimentation
  • imaginative
  • hooves
  • feet
  • chairs
  • goats
  • klismos

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18222227/

  • etching on heavy cream laid paper
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
  • collectors
  • architecture
  • borders
  • classical
  • designers
  • print collectors
  • garlands
  • publication
  • King of Poland
  • ironwork
  • script
  • text
  • Duke of Lorrain
  • ornamentation
  • frame

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18250043/

  • Designed by Franz Xaver Habermann
  • etching, engraving on white laid paper
  • collectors
  • rococo
  • dining
  • asymmetry
  • vases
  • designers
  • luxury
  • fantasy
  • urns
  • ornate
  • print collectors
  • metalsmiths
  • curved
  • pitchers
  • acanthus

In 1905, the Hewitt sisters were introduced to Jean-Léon Decloux in Paris during one of their acquisitions trips. Decloux collected drawings, print albums, and decorative arts objects, and soon became one of their agents for purchasing works on paper. To cement the relationship, he quickly donated examples of French ornamental paneling. On Decloux’s recommendation, the Hewitt sisters encouraged the museum’s advisory council to purchase over 500 drawings from Decloux’s collection in 1911; in 1921, the museum acquired 413 albums of Decloux’s ornament prints and related preparatory drawings.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18261127/

  • etching printed in red ink on paper
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
  • timekeeping
  • designers
  • print collectors
  • printmakers
  • baroque
  • time

The 17th and 18th centuries saw a proliferation of ornament prints, popular sources of patterns among artisans who circulated designs across long distances. Marot, a Huguenot expatriate to the Netherlands and court artist to William III of Orange, was a central figure in the creation of the William and Mary style. In 1905, the Hewitt sisters were introduced to Jean-Léon Decloux in Paris during one of their acquisitions trips. Decloux collected drawings, print albums, and decorative arts objects, and soon became one of their agents for purchasing works on paper. To cement the relationship, he quickly donated examples of French ornamental paneling. On Decloux’s recommendation, the Hewitt sisters encouraged the museum’s advisory council to purchase over 500 drawings from Decloux’s collection in 1911; in 1921, the museum acquired 413 albums of Decloux’s ornament prints and related preparatory drawings.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18261733/

  • engraving on paper
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18297449/

  • engraving on paper
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18297615/

  • engraving on paper
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18299823/

  • molded, carved and glazed terracotta; overglaze gilding; turned wood; wrought iron
  • Gift of Mrs. Henry E. Huntington

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18307723/

  • carved, polychromed, gilt wood
  • Gift of the Countess Costantini
  • furniture
  • display
  • flowers
  • animals
  • gilt
  • capitals
  • griffins
  • seating
  • heads
  • chairs
  • leaves
  • foliate
  • carved
  • chinoiserie
  • berries
  • acanthus
  • cornucopias

Pergolesi, an Italian designer who spent much of the 1780s in London, created engravings that influenced Italian and English furniture makers. His designs featured fantastic animal-like creatures mixed with a classical vocabulary. This chair was a gift of Countess Costantini, a Hewitt friend who collected and sold antique Italian furniture in New York.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18307731/

  • tin-glazed earthenware, painted wood
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18307763/

  • tin-glazed earthenware, painted wood
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18309093/

  • brush and gray wash, brush and black ink on heavy cream paper, lined
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
  • artists
  • decoration
  • study
  • art
  • flowers
  • women's clothing
  • domestic interiors
  • personal adornment
  • craftsmen
  • nature
  • leaves
  • naturalism
  • buds
  • nature studies

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18309157/

  • block-printed on handmade paper
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
  • interior
  • domestic
  • home
  • communication
  • wallcovering
  • military
  • sidewall
  • ribbons
  • wreaths
  • medallions
  • typography
  • French Revolution
  • acorns

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18312379/

  • marquetry inlaid, veneered and joined oak, deal, walnut, and other wood, bone, brass
  • Bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane
  • interior
  • furniture
  • flowers
  • floral
  • domestic interiors
  • storage
  • scrolls
  • decorative
  • nature
  • cabinets
  • basket of flowers
  • rectangular
  • walnut

The tulip, one of the flowers used in this cabinet's marquetry, was imported into Dutch culture from Central Asia. The first European to take note of the flower was the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I's ambassador to the Ottoman Empire. The tulip's introduction and cultivation eventually developed into an important national industry in Holland.

This object is currently on display in room 202 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18312575/

  • walnut and beechwood, gilt pewter, gilt and reverse-painted glass (verre églomisé) panel, mortise-and-tenon construction
  • Bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane
  • furniture
  • gilt
  • seating
  • coat of arms
  • hooves
  • chairs
  • wood

This unusual chair has the original owner’s (the fourth Earl of Scarsdale’s) coat of arms reverse-painted on glass on the back mount. Part of a set that included settees and pedestals, it complemented the architectural changes of the Earl’s house, Sutton Scarsdale, begun in 1724. The Kanes may have purchased the chair in London. John Innes Kane and his wife, Annie Schermerhorn Kane, played a major role in forming the collections of the early Cooper Union Museum. Both were members of prominent New York families. Mr. Kane, great-grandson of John Jacob Astor, also served on the museum’s Advisory Council. The Kanes collected in Europe to furnish their Italian Renaissance residence on Fifth Avenue, designed by Stanford White and completed in 1904. The objects donated by the Kanes are generally English and Continental European, from the Renaissance through the 18th century.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18312733/

  • cast, molded, and raised silver
  • Bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane
  • decoration
  • interior decoration
  • lighting
  • trees
  • branches
  • tableware
  • silver
  • candelabra
  • curved
  • oak leaves

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18312735/

  • cast, molded, and raised silver
  • Bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane
  • lighting
  • curves
  • display
  • trees
  • branches
  • silver
  • candelabra
  • leaves
  • metalwork

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18313461/

  • graphite, brush and watercolor on paper
  • Gift of Sarah Cooper Hewitt

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18313833/

  • graphite, brush and watercolor on paper
  • Gift of Sarah Cooper Hewitt

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18313899/

  • graphite, brush and watercolor on paper
  • Gift of Sarah Cooper Hewitt

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18316217/

  • block printed on handmade paper
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • interior
  • domestic
  • home
  • wallcovering
  • floral
  • sidewall
  • square
  • textile
  • geometric
  • Imitative
  • imitation

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18316311/

  • block-printed on handmade paper
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • stripes
  • home
  • wallcovering
  • floral
  • diamond trellis
  • books
  • trellis
  • trunk

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18316341/

  • block-printed on handmade paper
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • architecture
  • interior
  • illusionistic
  • domestic
  • home
  • borders
  • domestic interiors
  • drapery
  • swags
  • molding
  • trompe l'oeil
  • frieze
  • imitation

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18316363/

  • block-printed and stenciled on handmade paper
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • interior
  • stripes
  • home
  • rounded
  • floral
  • repetition
  • rectangular
  • books
  • guilloche
  • trunk
  • decor

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18316475/

  • bright-cut engraved aluminum, gold
  • Gift of Mrs. Gustav E. Kissel
  • men
  • personal adornment
  • adornment
  • diamonds
  • jewelry
  • knots
  • buttons
  • lozenge

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18316487/

  • bright-cut engraved aluminum, gold
  • Gift of Mrs. Gustav E. Kissel
  • gold
  • display
  • symmetry
  • personal adornment
  • geometric
  • jewelry

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18316771/

  • glazed, slip-decorated earthenware (cuenca technique)
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • decoration
  • interior decoration
  • design
  • colors
  • geometric
  • tile-work

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18317045/

  • Designed by Josef Hillerbrand
  • machine printed on paper
  • interior
  • stripes
  • domestic
  • home
  • display
  • wall decoration
  • All-over
  • shelves

Paul Frankl was a champion of modernism. He established his first gallery in New York City, which offered interior design services, custom furniture, and imported and domestic decorative objects and fabrics. Frankl Galleries began offering modern wallpapers around 1927, including patterns by top European designers such as Josef Hillerbrand, Dagobert Peche, and André Groult. Donated by Frankl Galleries, this group of wallpapers became the first contemporary patterns, as well as the first machine-printed wallpapers, acquired for the museum’s collection.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18318573/

  • glazed earthenware
  • Gift of Eleanor Garnier Hewitt
  • decoration
  • domestic
  • dining
  • symmetry
  • ornamental
  • foliate

While the Hewitt sisters rarely bought objects that were even close to contemporary, this plate is an exception. Joseph-Théodore Deck, who became director of Sèvres in 1887, was an innovator in ceramics. His glazes produced strong colors and a variety of effects, including the appearance of champlevé enamel in this plate.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18318589/

  • tin-glazed earthenware with transfer-printed decoration
  • Gift of Eleanor Garnier Hewitt
  • ceramics
  • landscape
  • gardens
  • coffee/tea drinking
  • drinking
  • serve
  • chinoiserie

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18318915/

  • repousséd, engraved steel
  • Gift of Sarah Cooper Hewitt

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18319133/

  • block printed on handmade paper
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • interior
  • domestic
  • home
  • royalty
  • drapery
  • columns
  • decorative
  • costume
  • boudoirs
  • Esther

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18319135/

  • block printed on handmade paper
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • interior
  • domestic
  • home
  • wallcovering
  • floral
  • fantasy
  • foliage
  • chintz
  • vining

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18319197/

  • block printed on textured paper
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18319273/

  • block printed on handmade paper
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • interior
  • domestic
  • home
  • hunting
  • falcon
  • arabesques
  • parasol
  • equestrian

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18319311/

  • block printed on handmade paper
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18319357/

  • block-printed on handmade paper
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • interior
  • domestic
  • home
  • ewers
  • klismos
  • frame
  • acanthus
  • cameos

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18319359/

  • block-printed on machine-made paper
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • interior
  • domestic
  • home
  • castles
  • bridges
  • balustrades
  • pastoral
  • hunters

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18319367/

  • block printed and hand painted on a combed background
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • interior
  • domestic
  • home
  • landscape
  • flowers
  • wallcovering
  • trees
  • birds
  • frame
  • wood grain

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18319369/

  • block-printed and hand painted on a combed background
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • interior
  • domestic
  • home
  • landscape
  • wallcovering
  • trees
  • sidewall
  • birds
  • frame
  • nest
  • wood grain

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18319395/

  • block-printed, stamped foil, applied chromolithograph
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18319405/

  • block-printed on handmade paper
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • interior
  • domestic
  • chariots
  • putti
  • mythology
  • home
  • profile
  • travel
  • command
  • antiquity
  • water
  • royalty
  • upper class
  • royal court
  • hearths
  • goddesses
  • sprouting
  • Cupid
  • classical
  • pedestals
  • order
  • dolphins
  • Venus
  • cattails
  • shell

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18319409/

  • block printed on handmade paper
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • interior
  • decoration
  • domestic
  • home
  • neoclassical
  • wallcovering
  • domestic interiors
  • dado
  • griffins
  • urns
  • acanthus
  • inset panel

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18319417/

  • block-printed and stenciled on machine-made paper
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • interior
  • domestic
  • home
  • columns
  • courtyard
  • cloister
  • William Shakespeare

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18319945/

  • stamped, silvered, and varnished dutch leather, carved ivory, enamel and brass
  • container
  • fish
  • flowers
  • animals
  • women's fashion accessories
  • storage
  • accessories
  • brass
  • mice

Tooled leather wallcoverings made in Holland were used as screens in Japan. The panels were then cut up further, devolving into this purse.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18319993/

  • repoussé and chased moulded sheet silver
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • rococo
  • castles
  • upper class
  • transport
  • foliage
  • scrolls
  • cases

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18325283/

  • parchment and paper leaf, painted with gouache; pierced, painted and gilded ivory sticks
  • Bequest of Sarah Cooper Hewitt
  • women's fashion accessories
  • personal environmental control
  • personal adornment
  • women
  • harbors
  • ships
  • pastoral
  • chinoiserie
  • boats
  • pleats
  • sailors

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18325575/

  • cut paper on silk set in copper with glass covers
  • Bequest of Sarah Cooper Hewitt
  • figures
  • adornment
  • costume
  • accessories
  • pastoral
  • glass
  • silk
  • buttons
  • fasteners

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18325695/

  • watercolor and gum arabic, cut ivory, wood
  • Bequest of Sarah Cooper Hewitt
  • religious
  • religion
  • painters
  • display
  • women
  • portrait
  • oval

Richard Cosway was a foremost miniaturist of his age. The poignant and simple portrait of a nun is an example of his refined draftsmanship, as well as a graceful depiction of a common personage of its time.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18325719/

  • enamelled copper, silver
  • Bequest of Sarah Cooper Hewitt
  • figures
  • men
  • container
  • landscape
  • enamel
  • decorative
  • silver
  • scene
  • male

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18330567/

  • tin-glazed earthenware, polychrome decoration, painted wood frame
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18330569/

  • tin-glazed earthenware, polychrome decoration, painted wood frame
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18333797/

  • gilt copper, painted iron
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18335291/

  • Designed by François Boucher
  • etching, engraving on white paper
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • architecture
  • rococo
  • antiquity
  • water
  • trees
  • animals
  • asymmetry
  • temple
  • designers
  • fantasy
  • columns
  • fellow academicians
  • fountains
  • shell
  • ornate
  • artisans
  • wildlife
  • romantic
  • shells
  • portico
  • nature
  • sea life

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18337099/

  • carved and joined mahogany-veneered wood, tapestry (seat, back)
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • furniture
  • seating
  • medallions
  • chairs
  • curved
  • monogram
  • needlework
  • wood
  • embroidery

This object is currently on display in room 107 in Carnegie Mansion.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18340825/

  • molded and lead-glazed earthenware
  • Gift of Gertrude Whiting

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18340867/

  • glazed earthenware, painted wood frame
  • Gift of Mrs. Montgomery Hare

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18341057/

  • iron
  • Bequest of George Cameron Stone

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18341375/

  • iron, gold inlay, gold leaf
  • Bequest of George Cameron Stone

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18341709/

  • iron
  • Bequest of George Cameron Stone

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18341843/

  • iron, shakudo (a soft copper and gold alloy)
  • Bequest of George Cameron Stone

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18341859/

  • iron, engraved brass inlay
  • Bequest of George Cameron Stone

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18341875/

  • sentoku (alloy of copper, lead and zinc), shakudo (copper and gold alloy)
  • Bequest of George Cameron Stone

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18341891/

  • iron, shakudo (a soft copper and gold alloy)
  • Bequest of George Cameron Stone
  • Japanese
  • cranes
  • traditional
  • birds
  • pierced
  • swords
  • flower

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18341927/

  • iron, shakudo (a soft copper and gold alloy)
  • Bequest of George Cameron Stone

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18341967/

  • pierced iron, engraved brass inlay
  • Bequest of George Cameron Stone

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18341971/

  • iron, gold
  • Bequest of George Cameron Stone

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18342099/

  • shakudo (an alloy of copper and 3-6% gold), gold inlay
  • Bequest of George Cameron Stone

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18342597/

  • shakudo (alloy of copper and gold), nanako (surface texture of tiny knobs), takazogan (relief inlay)
  • Bequest of George Cameron Stone

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18342885/

  • iron, gold
  • Bequest of George Cameron Stone

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18343039/

  • iron, gold and silver inlay
  • Bequest of George Cameron Stone

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18345129/

  • pressed and glazed earthenware
  • Museum purchase from the Misses Hewitt Fund

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18345133/

  • Manufactured by Moravian Pottery and Tile Works
  • glazed earthenware
  • Museum purchase from the Misses Hewitt Fund
  • interior decoration
  • animals
  • tiles
  • mosaic

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18349339/

  • pen and brown ink, brush and wash, black chalk on white laid paper
  • Bequest of Erskine Hewitt
  • artists
  • allegory
  • study
  • preparatory
  • art
  • rococo
  • putti
  • royalty
  • cannons
  • temple
  • colonnade
  • sketch
  • illustration
  • shields
  • altars
  • swags
  • publication
  • dedication
  • cherubim
  • cartouche
  • angels
  • victory
  • swords

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18349593/

  • moulded and thrown unglazed stoneware (black basalt), encaustic silver decoration
  • Bequest of Erskine Hewitt
  • figures
  • dining
  • coffee/tea drinking
  • cylinder
  • figurative
  • tableware
  • female
  • woven
  • serve
  • texture
  • finials

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18349621/

  • molded black basalt stoneware, enamel slip ('encaustic') decoration
  • Bequest of Erskine Hewitt
  • ceramics
  • putti
  • display
  • floral
  • scrolls
  • garlands
  • relief
  • garden design

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18349723/

  • enameled and glazed hard-paste porcelain
  • Bequest of Erskine Hewitt
  • ceramics
  • flowers
  • dining
  • floral
  • enamel
  • gilt
  • tableware
  • coat of arms
  • lobster
  • serve
  • chickens

This tureen represents a primary focus in the early collecting of Asian objects: Chinese export ceramics. Erskine, one of Sarah and Eleanor’s brothers, may have collected the tureen for its unusual cartouche, which research has since discovered to be the “coat of arms” for an 18th-century family of Dutch grocers.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18349977/

  • glazed and gilt hard-paste porcelain with overglaze decoration
  • Bequest of Erskine Hewitt
  • dining
  • coffee/tea drinking
  • drinking
  • gilt
  • scrolls
  • harbors
  • sea
  • seascape

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18350573/

  • glazed and gilt porcelain with overglaze decoration
  • Bequest of Erskine Hewitt
  • figures
  • flowers
  • coffee/tea drinking
  • drinking
  • gilt
  • pastoral
  • serve

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18351555/

  • turned joined mahogany-veneered oak, horse hair upholstery (probably replaced)
  • Gift of Norvin Hewitt Green
  • neoclassical
  • dining
  • classical
  • seating
  • historicism
  • curved
  • simple
  • work

The maker of this chair was the Hewitt sisters’ paternal grandfather.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18352769/

  • etching, engraving on off-white laid paper
  • Gift of Norvin Hewitt Green
  • collectors
  • allegory
  • art
  • butterflies
  • flowers
  • peonies
  • designers
  • print collectors
  • artisans
  • baskets
  • roses
  • still life
  • tulips
  • caterpillars
  • document
  • furniture designers

Prints of Monnoyer’s floral compositions were published as pattern books for use by artists and designers. His designs combine the scientific accuracy of botanical illustration with an aesthetic elegance. This engraving is from one of the artist’s most influential print suites. Compare this print with the Dutch marquetry cabinet displayed nearby.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18353861/

  • black, white chalk on blue laid paper
  • Museum purchase from Friends of the Museum Fund
  • fish
  • factory
  • weavers
  • craftsmen
  • nature
  • sea life
  • parrots
  • crustaceans
  • still life
  • eel
  • lobster

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18353903/

  • tin-glazed earthenware, red transfer-printed decoration
  • Gift of Mrs. Harry Horton Benkard

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18383371/

  • lead-glazed earthenware
  • Museum purchase through gift of Jacques Séligmann

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18386239/

  • pressed glass
  • Gift of Thurston Thacher

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18390919/

  • cast and engraved steel, iron
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18390921/

  • iron
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18391647/

  • rolled and wrought iron, turned fruitwood (probably pear)
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor
  • lighting
  • domestic
  • metal
  • utility
  • simple
  • spirals

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18394165/

  • glazed earthenware
  • Museum purchase through gift of Georgiana L. McClellan

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18402895/

  • red earthenware, inlaid with pipe clay
  • Museum purchase from Au Panier Fleuri Fund

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18429649/

  • tin-glazed earthenware
  • Gift of the Estate of James Hazen Hyde
  • decoration
  • interior decoration
  • ceramics
  • horses
  • figures
  • continents
  • allegory
  • men
  • chiefs
  • commander

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18429651/

  • glazed earthenware
  • Gift of the Estate of James Hazen Hyde

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18429653/

  • light buff earthenware, polychrome underglaze painting, cement
  • Gift of the Estate of James Hazen Hyde

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18429655/

  • terracotta
  • Gift of the Estate of James Hazen Hyde

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18456973/

  • iron, wood, red velvet lining
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor
  • container
  • symmetry
  • storage
  • geometric
  • tracery
  • portable

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18456975/

  • steel, engraved
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18489185/

  • wrought iron
  • Gift of the C. Helme and Alice B. Strater Collection

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18489191/

  • iron wrought
  • Gift of the C. Helme and Alice B. Strater Collection

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18489231/

  • glazed earthenware
  • Gift of the C. Helme and Alice B. Strater Collection

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18497081/

  • terracotta
  • Gift of Marilynn and Ivan Karp

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18497085/

  • molded terracotta
  • Gift of Marilynn and Ivan Karp

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18497087/

  • molded terracotta
  • Gift of Marilynn and Ivan Karp

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18497089/

  • molded terracotta
  • Gift of Marilynn and Ivan Karp

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18542359/

  • pen and black ink, brush and gray, blue-gray wash, graphite on off-white paper
  • artists
  • architecture
  • interior
  • design
  • light
  • entertainment
  • lions
  • theater
  • illumination
  • mourning
  • tombs
  • self-promotion
  • macabre
  • mummies
  • shadows
  • Egypt
  • barrel vault
  • incense

Giovanni Piancastelli, a drawing teacher, collector, and curator of the Borghese collection in Rome, disposed of his drawings collection between 1901 and 1907. Using agents in Rome to preview the drawings, the Hewitt sisters recommended that the museum acquire about 3,700 mostly Italian decorative arts and architecture drawings in 1901. In 1938, the museum was able to largely reunite Piancastelli’s decorative drawings collection by acquiring about 8,700 drawings from Mrs. Edward D. Brandegee of Brookline, Massachusetts, who had originally purchased them in 1904.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18549913/

  • pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, black chalk on off-white laid paper; verso: black chalk
  • Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund
  • religious
  • artists
  • collectors
  • study
  • preparatory
  • religion
  • symmetry
  • designers
  • sculptors
  • scrolls
  • mask
  • medallions
  • garlands
  • unfinished
  • silversmiths
  • figural
  • slave
  • volute

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18553267/

  • pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, graphite on off-white laid paper
  • Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund
  • interior
  • gods
  • display
  • goddesses
  • luxury
  • fountains
  • shell
  • griffins
  • tool
  • accessories

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18554365/

  • pen and black ink, brush and gray wash on laid paper
  • Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund
  • study
  • preparatory
  • stripes
  • pattern
  • upper class
  • symmetry
  • women's clothing
  • personal adornment
  • designers
  • luxury
  • women
  • jewels
  • bows
  • accessories
  • jewelers
  • bands
  • triangles
  • pearls
  • rhythm

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18563383/

  • wrought iron
  • Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. Richard Irvin
  • nature
  • stylized
  • ironwork
  • iron
  • scrolling line

This study for a balustrade shows how Yellin, a collector of antique metalwork, modernized traditional designs.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18606771/

  • high-fire earthenware with polychrome underglaze decoration
  • Museum purchase through gift of James O. Green

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18634351/

  • wrought iron, hammered copper, cast brass, carved ebony
  • interior
  • container
  • domestic
  • home
  • display
  • dining
  • drinking
  • tendrils
  • curving line
  • globular
  • reflective
  • hosts

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18635885/

  • Manufactured by Northwestern Terra Cotta
  • molded terracotta
  • Gift of Peter R. Miller

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18635891/

  • Manufactured by Northwestern Terra Cotta
  • molded terracotta
  • Gift of Peter R. Miller

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18697865/

  • machine printed on paper
  • Gift of Frankl Galleries
  • interior
  • domestic
  • home
  • wallcovering
  • grass
  • floral
  • foliage
  • stylized

Paul Frankl was a champion of modernism. He established his first gallery in New York City, which offered interior design services, custom furniture, and imported and domestic decorative objects and fabrics. Frankl Galleries began offering modern wallpapers around 1927, including patterns by top European designers such as Josef Hillerbrand, Dagobert Peche, and André Groult. Donated by Frankl Galleries, this group of wallpapers became the first contemporary patterns, as well as the first machine-printed wallpapers, acquired for the museum’s collection.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18697869/

  • block-printed on paper
  • Gift of Frankl Galleries
  • interior
  • domestic
  • wallcovering
  • barrels
  • art deco
  • palm trees
  • sailors
  • coconuts

Paul Frankl was a champion of modernism. He established his first gallery in New York City, which offered interior design services, custom furniture, and imported and domestic decorative objects and fabrics. Frankl Galleries began offering modern wallpapers around1927, including patterns by top European designers such as Josef Hillerbrand, Dagobert Peche, and André Groult. Donated by Frankl Galleries, this group of wallpapers became the first contemporary patterns, as well as the first machine-printed wallpapers, acquired for the museum’s collection.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18697895/

  • Designed by Jean Lurçat
  • block printed on paper
  • Gift of Mrs. Cornelius Sullivan
  • interior
  • domestic
  • home
  • birds
  • leaves
  • typography
  • sheet music
  • collage

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18697899/

  • Manufactured by Pierre Chareau
  • block printed on paper
  • Gift of Mrs. Cornelius Sullivan
  • interior
  • domestic
  • home
  • children
  • airplanes
  • domestic interiors
  • foliage
  • nursery
  • children's
  • balloons
  • battleships
  • tanks

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18705399/

  • carved and veneered mahogany, molded and iridized glass, sheet brass
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund
  • table

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18766589/

  • wrought iron
  • Gift of Unknown Donor

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18794821/

  • Designed by Hector Guimard
  • cast iron
  • architects
  • architecture
  • home
  • personal environmental control
  • adornment
  • repetition
  • protection
  • stylized
  • rhythm
  • foliate
  • curving line
  • family
  • art nouveau
  • exterior
  • organic line
  • iron

Best known for his designs for the Paris Metro in 1900, Guimard was a prominent innovator of the art nouveau style, epitomized in this grille for an apartment-house balcony. Sinuous, organic lines generate aesthetic continuity between the balconies and the interiors, which were also designed by Guimard.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18797869/

  • molded, glazed stoneware
  • Gift of Florence Barnes

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18801137/

  • Designed by Addison B. Le Boutellier
  • Manufactured by Grueby Faience Company, Revere, Massachusetts
  • formed, applied and glazed earthenware
  • Gift of Marcia and William Goodman

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18801143/

  • Manufactured by Grueby Faience Company, Revere, Massachusetts
  • formed, applied and glazed earthenware
  • Gift of Marcia and William Goodman

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18806079/

  • molded, carved and glazed stoneware
  • Gift of Florence I. Balasny-Barnes

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/35460559/

  • cast iron model on wood base
  • Gift of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw
  • architects
  • architecture
  • home
  • model
  • revival
  • buildings
  • iron

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/51685103/

  • Designed by Hector Guimard
  • cast iron
  • Gift of Harry C. Sigman

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/68765597/

  • machine-printed on paper
  • Gift of Charles Grimmer & Son
  • interior
  • domestic
  • home
  • landscape
  • trees
  • abstraction
  • art deco
  • orange

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/69117209/

  • tin-glazed earthenware
  • Gift of the Estate of James Hazen Hyde

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/69117213/

  • tin-glazed earthenware
  • Gift of the Estate of James Hazen Hyde

Hewitt Sisters Collect

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/69117585/

  • tin-glazed earthenware
  • Gift of the Estate of James Hazen Hyde