"The clocks were a decorative art object produced by the Pennsylvania Germans, which according to the online exhibition, represented more than five percent of a family's net worth in the late 1700s to the 1800s."
"This landmark exhibition explores the colorful furniture of southeastern Pennsylvania along with the people who made, owned, inherited, and collected it. Featuring nearly 200 objects—including furniture, fraktur, needlework, and paintings—the show focuses on the culture and creativity of the area’s English- and German-speaking inhabitants."
"'The “Pennsylvania German Time Machines' special exhibit opens Tuesday, March 1 and will be free to the public. ...The exhibit boasts tall case clocks, watches and items commonly found in Pennsylvania German homes."
"A Cultural Celebration: Arts of the Pennsylvania Germans," from a Berks County private collection, opens at the Reading Public Museum on Saturday, June 12, and will be on view through Sunday, Sept. 26."
"The works are in a variety of media, dating largely from the 18th and 19th centuries."
"Since December, volunteers have been putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls and ceilings, which hadn't been done in 25 years, and new lighting has been installed in the two front parlors. In addition, the work of local artists and craftsmen are the key displays in those parlors, which are located to the left as you enter the front door of the museum at 924 Cumberland St."
"Berks County, Pennsylvania, painted dower chest dated 1788, the lid and front profusely decorated with stylized tulip vines flanked by heart decorated ends, all on a green/blue ground, above two short drawers supported by bold ogee bracket feet, 30" h., 48¼" w. An identical chest in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is illustrated in Fabian, The Pennsylvania German Decorated Chest, fig. 221."
The Pook and Pook Auction is on February 6. Pook and Pook is Here.
"Heiserman also said she is anxious to see the new museum but wonders what will happen with the Pennsylvania German exhibits."
“'We’ll definitely keep them in use. Some of the Pennsylvania German objects will be on permanent display because they explain Milton Hershey’s early life,' said Marla B. Howell, executive director of the M.S. Hershey Foundation, which oversees the museum."
"In all, 56 dealers from around the country will participate, many with booths that resemble furnished rooms complete with furniture, paintings, mirrors, rugs, silver and other elaborate decorations."
"M. Finkel and Daughter, Pine Street, Philadelphia dealers, will exhibit the antique samplers and silk embroideries that are their specialty. Other dealers will show miniatures, art deco and art nouveau pieces."
"Pook & Pook, Downingtown, Pennsylvania, is busy cataloging the largest and probably the best sale of Pennsylvania furniture and folk art to come on the market since its sale of Bill Koch’s collection in June 1999 when 386 lots brought nearly $4.3 million at the farm sale of all time. The sale of the collection of the late Dr. Donald A. Shelley and his wife, Esther, is scheduled for April 20 and 21."