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Nearly 4,000 Phillips House objects now online

August 2, 2010


A year-long project to catalogue 4,000 objects in the Phillips House in Salem, Massachusetts, wraps up this month.

The house's collection tells the story of five generations of the Phillips family in Salem, their extensive travels, and their interests and hobbies. It includes European paintings and bronzes, ethnographic objects from the South Pacific, and a large collection of Chinese export porcelain, including the impressive c. 1867 Rose Medallion Stephen Goodhue Wheatland dinner service totaling 229 pieces.

In June 2009, as part of the Collections Access Project, staff began cataloguing and photographing the nearly 4,000 objects on display in the house. To date, more than 3,800 of the objects have been catalogued and entered into the new collections database, and 3,200 have been photographed. Another 1,200 items from the Phillips collection currently housed at Historic New England's offsite storage facility were also entered into the new system. By the end of August, cataloguing will be completed and the collection will be available to view online through the new searchable Collections Access portal. This feat was accomplished thanks to the team effort of Sarah Sherman, collections cataloguer; Megan MacNeil, registrar; Julie Arrison, site manager; and a diverse group of nine volunteer interns who came from as far as Oklahoma, Missouri, and France.  

Stephen Goodhue Wheatland's rose medallion

Posted by William Santarsiero on January 5, 2014
I believe I own 6 dinner plates and 6 luncheon or dessert plates from this service. The monogram on my rose medallion dishes is an entwined "S" and "W". If these are indeed matches, do you have any idea what they might be worth? I'm not looking to sell them as they are also my initials.

Thank you, Bill Santarsiero

Ceramic plates in Historic New England's collection

Posted by Nicole Chalfant - Collection Manager on January 10, 2014
Thank you for your inquiry, Mr. Santarsiero.
As a collecting institution, we cannot ethically provide appraisal information for individuals. I would recommend that you contact a local auction house or an appraiser in your area who would be able to help you find the information you are looking for.
Best of luck!
Sincerely, Nicole Chalfant
Collection Manager

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Nearly 4,000 Phillips House objects now online