T he Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Peter A. Pfaffenroth is a celebration of the achievements of the best American craftsmen. Peter Pfaffenroth collected furniture, silver, and decorative arts ranging from the early 1700’s to 1840’s. He focused primarily on high style furniture made in the prominent Colonial eighteenth century port cities, including Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Newport, Hartford and Portsmouth, from cabinetmakers such as Benjamin Frothingham, Thomas Affleck, Benjamin Randolph and John Townsend. His collection of seating furniture is a comprehensive study in the diversity and designs of Colonial American chairmakers. Forever the appreciator of fine craftsmanship, Peter gathered together distinctive examples of American silver, pewter, wrought iron, brass and copper, as well. As an example of being a consummate collector, Peter assembled one of the best and most comprehensive collections of Pennsylvania copper tea kettles, including examples from all of the prominent coppersmiths.
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Americana Week exhibitions open at 10am on January 13 with the final sale exhibition closing on January 23 at 5pm. To schedule an appointment to view the exhibitions in person, please click here or contact appointmentsNY@sothebys.com or +1 212 606 7171. Walk-ins are also welcome. You can read more about our safety requirements here.
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