Philadelphia's unparalleled list of great artist-artisans in the twentieth century is part of a legacy that goes back three hundred years.
In April the Pewter Collectors' Club of America is presenting a loan exhibition, Pewter: The Philadelphia Story, at the Philadelphia Antiques Show. If colonial silver often takes the spotlight for rarity and cost in American metalwork, this exhibition of nearly 150 of the finest domestic and ecclesiastical examples of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century pewter will underscore the soft warmth of pewter's silvery-gray sheen and the subtle restraint of design that have bolstered pewter's continuing allure as a collecting field.
The images presented here, selected especially for The Magazine Antiques, depict Southerners who fought for the Confederacy. In the large field of American iconography, these photographs are among the most provocative and rare nineteenth-century portraits.
This issue celebrates the long history of Philadelphia as the city of great artist-artisans. That history would be even more impressive had there been a Helen Drutt on the scene in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to make sure that absolutely nothing of value was lost to posterity.