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Start with a House, Finish with a Collection

Leslie Anne Miller; Alexandra Kirtley

ISBN: 978 1 85759 919 0
Size: 267 x 286 mm / 11.3 x 10.5 in.
Binding: hardback
Pages: 272
Images: 500 colour
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UK £50 / US $75


  • Offers a unique personal perspective on the journey of collecting American art and antiques. 
  • Features furniture, paintings, sculptures, tapestries, ceramics, handicrafts etc.
  • Comprehensive and detailed exploration into every aspect of the house, interior and exterior
  • Includes a fascinating and exhaustive compendium of furniture and art


Start with House, Finish with a Collection is the story of how a couple’s use of American art and antiques evolved from furnishing a house into a full-blown passion for collecting. Featuring exquisite examples of Hollingsworth and Morris family furniture, Weber boxes, Pennsylvania clocks and Kirk-Stieff silver, as well as American paintings by the Peale family, Edward Hicks, Edward Redfield and Horace Pippin, this museum-calibre collection reveals a pride in the early American sensibility.

The combination of text and extraordinary photographs traces this remarkable journey and demonstrates that life can be more than comfortable living among these collections. The compendium catalogues the diversified and important collection, making this a valuable scholarly reference as well as a reading pleasure.


Leslie Anne Miller, a Philadelphia attorney and community leader, has been collecting American art and antiques with her husband Richard Worley for more than 25 years. Alexandra Kirtley is The Montgomery-Garvan Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.




"Beautifully illustrated... smartly designed... should inspire new interest among collectors -- old and new.  "
the magazine antiques

" This handsome, richly-illustrated book is a visual feast... chronicles the passionate pursuit of a distinctive vision that has become broader and richer over time... proof that the art of collecting is alive and well today."
George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, Philadelphia Museum of Art

"This delightful and knowledge-filled book should give courage to anyone who embarks on collecting as an integral part of building a fulfilling life."
President Emeritus, Bryn Mawr College

"The book is a feast for the eye and a tribute to the joys of informed and inspired collecting."
Chairman Emeritus, National Trust for Historic Preservation