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The Hotchkiss-Fyler Collection

Scope of the Collection

The contents of the Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum include furnishings and collections of fine and decorative art that were amassed by four family members over a period of 50 years. After the death of her husband Edward Hotchkiss in 1936, Gertrude F. Hotchkiss, the daughter of Orsamus and Mary Fyler, became the last family member to reside in the home. She remained in the house until her death in 1956 at the age of 88. 

Gertrude was an avid collector and the house reflects her interests and tastes. Of particular note throughout the house are Gertrude’s collections of glass and porcelain pieces, many of which originated in Europe, Asia, England and the United States. Fine art on display includes floral still life paintings by George Lawrence Nelson, landscapes by Connecticut impressionist Winfield Scott Clime, 19th century portraits by Ammi Phillips, a painting by E. I. Couse, and a portrait of Mary Fyler by Albert Herter. 

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Hotchkiss-Fyler Collection: Glass

The glass collection includes a wide variety of pieces, most of which date from the late 19th century through the early 20th century.  This collection includes many large and colorful glass baskets, most of which were made by English firms such as Stevens as Williams.  Some were also made by European and American companies. 

The glass collection also includes many individual items of note such as an English epergne (ca. 1880s), a striking pair of vases made by the English firm of Thomas Webb, and an impressive Steuben piece.
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Hotchkiss-Fyler Collection: Painting

Electa Susannah Hotchkiss by Ammi Phillips(click to enlarge)
Paintings in the Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum include works by several American painters. Perhaps most notable are the six portraits of Hotchkiss family members painted by Ammi Phillips.

Also of interest are still life paintings by George Lawrence Nelson, and landscapes by Connecticut  impressionist, Winfield Scott Clime. An early work by Eanger Irving Couse is also on view, as is a portrait of Mary Fyler by Albert Herter.
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Hotchkiss-Fyler Collection: Ceramics

The ceramics collection features porcelain, earthenware and china from all over the world.  Of particular interest are Chinese pieces including: an 18th century Chinese ginger jar, a Rose Medallion bowl, and several cloisonné pieces; several Meissen figurines; an unusual collection of 19th century “fairing boxes”; a collection of 19th century lusterware; and plates, bowls and decorative items made at various Staffordshire manufactories. 

Also on display are wares made by:  Belleek, Limoges, Sevres, Royal Worcester and Royal Copenhagen.