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  • 2013 Ellis Boston Antiques Show Loan Exhibition

    New England Historic Genealogical Society:
    Family Treasures from Early Massachusetts

    October 24–27, 2013
    The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts
    539 Tremont Street in the South End

    The Ellis Boston Antiques Show’s 2013 loan exhibition celebrates Colonial and Post-Revolutionary family treasures from the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s fine art, furniture and rare object collections. For the first time in nearly twenty years, we will showcase an external exhibit highlighting our unique three-dimensional art and decorative art pieces. Our exhibition includes of a selection of paintings, furniture, and historical artifacts that share the stories of families in early Massachusetts.

    The oldest nonprofit genealogical Society in the U.S., with over 60,000 constituents, New England Historic Genealogical Society was founded in 1845. To advance the study of family history in America and beyond, NEHGS educates, inspires and connects people through our scholarship, collections and expertise.

    Highlights from our exhibit include:

    John Hancock Chair

    John Hancock’s Wingback Upholstered Chair. Mahogany frame, worsted damask upholstery (new), maker unknown, mid-18th century. From the house built in 1735 for wealthy Boston merchant Thomas Hancock (1703–1764) located near the top of Beacon Hill, and by descent through the family to his nephew John Hancock (1737–1793). Gift of Rev. Edmund F. Slafter, 1882.

    Ellis Show Streetscape

    Streetscape. Samuel Parkman House, Bowdoin Square, Boston, oil on canvas, Philip Harry, post-1847.
    Bequest of Caroline Parkman Cordner, 1941.

    Ellis Show Slant Desk

    Slant Front Desk. Mahogany, Elijah Sanderson, c. 1800. Atkinson–Lancaster Bequest, 1934.

    Ellis Show Filigree

    Filigree. Lemmon-Phillips Arms, quilling or filigree of paper and glass, Mary Lemmon, 1735. This is one of the scarcest and earliest American armorial works of art. Gift of Mrs. Frank M. Clark of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1940. Restored through a gift from Mrs. Gregg Ring, 2003.

    Ellis Show Portrait

    Portrait. Rebecca Rawson (1656–1692), oil on canvas, attributed the Freake painter, 1670. Gift of Reuben Rawson Dodge, a descendant of Edward Rawson, 1884.

    Ellis Show Family Tree

    Folger Family Tree. The Descendants of John and Peter Folger. Hand-drawn chart, compiled and drawn by Nantucket genealogist, William Coleman Folger, 1866. The Folgers are a Nantucket family with many famous descendants featured here, including Benjamin Franklin. NEHGS purchase, 2009.

    The Gore Roll of Arms, considered one of the most important heraldic documents in the world and the earliest known American roll of arms will also be featured at the show but is not shown above.

    Learn more about the Gore Roll of Arms, as well as NEHGS’s restoration of the Lemmon-Phillips filigree.

    To learn more about The Ellis Antiques Show, please visit

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