Catalogue

Catalogue examines the ordinary objects that make up the “collection” that is my personal world. The project takes ordinary objects and elevates them in the style of exhibition catalogue entries. Click on the catalogue numbers to see the full posts with discussion.


 

No. 1

Artist: Pottery Barn
Title: Slipcovered Sofa
Date: 2003
Culture: American
Provenance: Purchased by EAH directly from Pottery Barn in 2003. Gifted to the Philadelphia Charity Uhuru Furniture in 2015.

Camera
Blurry photo of our sofa in its original location

 

No. 2

Artist: Unknown. (Possibly Anchor Hocking Milano Lido? Morgantown Glass Company? Seneca Glass Company?)
Title: Amber Crinkle Glass
Date: 1950s or 1960s
Culture: American
Provenance: Presumably purchased new by the grandfather of EAH some time mid-century. Gifted to EAH by her grandfather around 2002.

 

 


No. 3

Artist: Anne Alavi
Title: Mix Tape Collection
Date: 1990s
Culture: American
Provenance: Gifted to EAH by the artist

 

 


No. 4

Artist: Woodknot Bookshop, Newport, Vermont
Title: Bookmark
Date: 1990s
Culture: American
Provenance: Tucked into a book purchased at the Woodknot Bookshop in Newport, Vermont. Most likely purchased by the parents of EAH as a gift.

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No. 5

Artist: Unknown
Title: Keychain and bottle opener (formerly with Abba imagery)
Date: Unknown (1970s?)
Culture: European or American
Provenance: Given to EAH by Kevin O’Rourke on her twenty-second birthday (2002). Purchased by Kevin O’Rourke on eBay in 2001 or 2002. Original owner/provenance unknown.

 

 


No. 6

Artist: Unknown—Copy of Theophan the Greek
Title: Copy of the Icon of the Donskoi Mother of God
Date: Modern copy of 14th century icon
Culture: Russian/Byzantine
Provenance: Purchased as a souvenir by EAH by at the Donskoi Monastery in Moscow in 2011.

Donskoi Icon


No. 7

Artist: Steinway & Sons
Title: Piano Bench
Date: 1950s?
Culture: American
Provenance: Gifted (along with piano) to EAH’s mother in the 1950s by her father and then gifted to EAH by her father in 2017, after her mother’s death.

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No. 8

Artist: WubbaNub
Title: Pacifier with Stuffed Elephant
Date: 2019
Culture: American
Provenance: Purchased at Target by EAH for her wee daughter

 


No. 9

Artist: Unknown, Moscow street artist
Title: The Russia House Matryoshka Dolls
Date: ca. 1991
Culture: Russian
Provenance: Made to order in Moscow by EAH’s father as a gift

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No. 10

Artist: Unknown
Title: Perfume Set
Date: 1993
Culture: American
Provenance: Given to EAH by her aunt on her thirteenth birthday


No. 11

Artist: St. Patrick
Title: Wedding Dress
Date: 2009
Culture: American (maybe Spanish?)
Provenance: Purchased at Brides ‘n Maids, Santa Rosa, CA in 2009


No. 12

Artist: Nature/Various
Title: Bouquets I have received
Date: 2020 and before
Culture: Nature
Provenance: Gifts over the years

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No. 13

Artist: Willa Cather & Houghton Mifflin Company
Title: My Ántonia
Date: 1918; copyright renewed 1977
Culture: American Literature
Provenance: Given to EAH by her mother in July of 1987


No. 14

Artist: Unknown
Title: Collection of School Awards
Date: 1998
Culture: American
Provenance: Awarded to EAH in her senior year of high school

Awards!


No. 15

Artist: Unknown/Olive May McQuown
Title: Autograph Book
Date: 1884
Culture: American, Remington, Indiana
Provenance: Olive McQuown’s sister (or cousin?) Anna (my great-grandmother), passed this on to her daughter Elma (my grandmother) who passed it on to my mother. It ended up with me after my mother’s death.


No. 16: Scottish Fantasy

Artist: Max Bruch
Title: Scottish Fantasy
Date: 1880
Culture: German
Provenance: Album gifted to EAH by her mother in 2003

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