Collectors’ Day


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Primary documents can provide a wealth of information about your collection. Sources like wills, inventories, letters and other documents help us gain an understanding of a collection, whether it is inherited or acquired. With these sources we can build the story of the objects in the collection or of the previous owner’s interests. We can learn about the construction of the collection objects and about the decorative, the intellectual, and the conventional aspects of each piece.

The Hammond-Harwood House Museum, an 18-century Anglo-Palladian house with a well-curated collection of American fine and decorative arts, will host Collectors’ Day, an afternoon symposium, on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Speakers at the event will focus on using primary documents to build and maintain a collection. In conjunction with the 2018 exhibition “Architect & Apprentice”, the symposium will feature two speakers with knowledge of collections that connect to the life of Hammond-Harwood House architect William Buckland (1734-1774).


Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley

The MontgomeryGarvan Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will speak about her research on the Lloyd family furniture. The family’s collection once spanned two important buildings—their city dwelling, the Chase-Lloyd House, with interiors designed by William Buckland in Annapolis, and their plantation, Wye House in Easton, Maryland. Lloyd descendants still live at Wye House amongst their family’s holdings.

Paul Koch

Paul Koch has been an avid antiquarian book collector since his college years at Rutgers University where he received a B.A in History, with emphasis on U.S. history from the late Colonial period through the early Republic.  He has served on the Board of the Hammond-Harwood House Association and currently serves on the Collections Committee, as well as being on the Board of Historic Annapolis.  He and his wife Karen have enthusiastically pursued the study of the decorative arts and collecting antiques for most of their thirty years of marriage.


Buy Tickets

$75 per person.

Click here to download pdf: Hammond-Harwood Collector’s Day 2018 


1 p.m. Afternoon refreshments

1:45 p.m. Optional Curator’s Furniture Tour

3 p.m. Lectures in the ballroom

5 p.m. Wine & heavy hors d’oeuvres reception catered by Palate Pleasers

For reservations please call 410-263-4683 extension 10.

Limited capacity as the lectures will take place in the ballroom, a period room in the mansion.













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Lectures will be held in the neoclassical ballroom