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Photo album. Album has a heavy textured dark brown covering and is held together with two metal brads. Front cover is loose. Album has 52 olive green pages; four of the pages are blank. Album contains 118 mounted black-and-white photographs.

Album is last of three that contain photographs of furniture owned by three prominent collectors of American and European decorative arts -- Richard A. Canfield (1855-1914), Charles Leonard Pendleton (1846-1904), and Marsden Jasiel Perry (1850-1935). A numerical code indicating ownership is handwritten next to some photographs while other photographs have no identifiying information. Codes used are: C = Canfield, P' = Pendleton, and P = Perry. Some photographs show the furniture in situ at the homes of the collectors including the John Brown House (Providence, RI) which was owned by M. J. Perry from 1901 until his death in 1935 and the Edward Dexter House (Providence, RI) owned by C. L. Pendleton as well as Pendleton's New York City apartment. Other photos provide large details of the pieces depicted such as carved knees and finials. It is not known when or who took the photographs or for what reason. Some of the photographs of room interiors were reproduced in "American Furniture in Pendleton House" (Michie and Monkhouse 1986, 14-23). A large portion of Pendleton's collection was bequeathed to the Rhode Island School of Design which erected "Pendleton House" for its display.

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Collection Name
Irving and Casson - A. H. Davenport -- Collection I
Collection Code
1880-1973, undated
Acquisition Type
Museum Purchase
Date of Acquisition
Physical Description
1 photo album containing 52 pages and 118 photographs (14 x 18 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches)
14x 18 1/2 (HxW) (inches)
14x 18 1/2x 1 3/4(HxWxD) (inches)
Collection Type
Corporate Records
Description Level
Additional Identification Number
Strong Museum number: 290.3
Reference Code

Record details

A. H. Davenport Co. (American furniture manufactory, active late 19th-early 20th centuries) (Compiler)
Irving & Casson (Compiler)
Irving & Casson - A. H. Davenport Co. (Compiler)
Other People
Goddard, John
Other Organizations
Rhode Island School of Design
Descriptive Terms
private collections
Material Type
black-and-white photographs
photograph albums
Places (Buildings)
John Nicholas Brown House (Providence, R. I.)
Publications Referencing This Collection
(1980.). The antiquers : the lives and careers, the deals, the finds, the collections of the men and women who were responsible for the changing taste in American antiques, 1850-1930 / Elizabeth Stillinger.. Knopf : distributed by Random House,. // Chapter 12 provides a discussion of the collections of Canfield, Pendleton and Perry which gives context to the photographs in this set of three albums..
(1986.). American furniture in Pendleton House / Christopher P. Monkhouse, Thomas S. Michie, with the assistance of John M. Carpenter.. Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design,. // Two photographs reproduced in the introductory essay are from this set of three albums. Others are credited as being from the Rhode Island School of Design Archives; however, they are also found in these albums..

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