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Early American Furniture Cataloging Project
Alexandra Kirtley, Philadelphia Museum of Art

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American Furniture, 1650-1840: Highlights From The Philadelphia Museum Of Art (Review)
Author(s): Beach, Laura
Publication: Antiques and the Arts
Date: 11/17/2020
Abstract: Alexandra Kirtley's much anticipated book, American Furniture, 1650-1840: Highlights from The Philadelphia Museum of Art, arrives in December, heralding the spring 2021 debut of the PMA’s newly constructed and reinstalled galleries of American art and artifacts.

Author(s): Matthew Thurlow and Carrie Greif
Publication: Decorative Arts Trust
Date: 9/22/2020
Abstract: On September 15, 2020, the Trust had the honor of sharing the last tour of the current installation of American decorative arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA). Alexandra Kirtley, the charismatic Montgomery-Garvan Curator of American Decorative Arts, led us through the early American art galleries, which are currently closed to the public so that works can be conserved and prepared for reinstallation.

More than Meets the Eye: American Furniture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley
Publication: Yale University Press Blog
Date: 12/29/2020
Abstract: After several years of research and writing, the first publication on the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s revered collection of American furniture dating from 1650 to 1840 has arrived.

Among the Finest to Be Found: American Furniture from the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley
Publication: The Magazine of the Decorative Arts Trust
Date: 12/1/2020
Abstract: Overview of the publication's conception and what makes it unique as stated by the author, Alexandra Kirtley. Volume 7, no. 2, pp. 10-12. This publication is only available to subscribing members of the Decorative Arts Trust and is not available online.

Highlights from the Philadelphia Museum’s American Furniture Collection (Review)
Author(s): Lita Solis-Cohen
Publication: Maine Antiques Digest
Date: 2/25/2021
Abstract: The plan for new galleries at the PMA for the display and interpretation of American art was the impetus for Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley, the museum’s Montgomery-Garvan Curator of American Decorative Arts, to write a book about the highlights in the American furniture collection, adding new research and documentation and new terms to describe it. In just under 300 works she tells the story of cabinetmakers, carvers, turners, upholsterers, and their customers from 1650 to 1840.
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Quaker Hautes: A review of the new catalogue American Furniture, 1650–1840: Highlights from the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Review)
Author(s): Peter M. Kenny
Publication: Magazine Antiques
Date: 3/1/2021
Abstract: For readers with a passion for American furniture and decorative arts, this engaging and beautifully made book--a book to settle in with, and refer back to again and again--is a welcome arrival after the tumult of the last year. This publication presents the Philadelphia Museum of Art's 1100-piece furniture collection in greater focus, honing in on just under one third of its holdings, affording this collection the prominence it deserves.