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Start with a House, Finish with a Collection

Leslie Anne Miller; Alexandra Kirtley

    ISBN: 978 1 85759 919 0

    Size: 267 x 286 mm / 11.3 x 10.5 in.

    Binding: Hardback

    Pages: 272

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    Date published: April, 2014

    UK £50 /US $75


  • Offers a unique personal perspective on the journey of collecting American art and antiques.
  • Features furniture, paintings, sculptures, tapestries, ceramics, handicrafts etc.
  • Comprehensive and detailed exploration into every aspect of the house, interior and exterior
  • Includes a fascinating and exhaustive compendium of furniture and art


Start with House, Finish with a Collection is the story of how a couple’s use of American art and antiques evolved from furnishing a house into a full-blown passion for collecting. Featuring exquisite examples of Hollingsworth and Morris family furniture, Weber boxes, Pennsylvania clocks and Kirk-Stieff silver, as well as American paintings by the Peale family, Edward Hicks, Edward Redfield and Horace Pippin, this museum-calibre collection reveals a pride in the early American sensibility.

The combination of text and extraordinary photographs traces this remarkable journey and demonstrates that life can be more than comfortable living among these collections. The compendium catalogues the diversified and important collection, making this a valuable scholarly reference as well as a reading pleasure.

Author information

Leslie Anne Miller, a Philadelphia attorney and community leader, has been collecting American art and antiques with her husband Richard Worley for more than 25 years. Alexandra Kirtley is The Montgomery-Garvan Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.