Furniture and Decorative Arts
The Cape Ann Museum has been collecting early American furniture and decorative arts since the 1920s with a special focus on objects which related to Cape Ann and the North Shore. Today, displayed in the Captain Elias Davis House and throughout the galleries, the collection conveys a sense of what life was like on Cape Ann in the past and of the superb level of craftsmanship present along the North Shore over the decades. Highlights from the furniture collection include two Chippendale sideboards—both with direct ties to Cape Ann families—a Sheraton worktable attributed to the great Boston furniture maker Thomas Seymour, and a pair of banister back rush seat chairs which date back to the first quarter of the 18th century and descended through the Dennison Family of Gloucester. Decorative arts in the collection include silver christening basins and beakers made by Paul Revere for Gloucester's First Parish Church, fine examples of Chinese export porcelain and Dutch delftware brought to Cape Ann during the early 1800s via Surinam.