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.
Hotchkiss-Fyler Collection: Glass
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.
Hotchkiss-Fyler Collection: Painting
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.
Hotchkiss-Fyler Collection: Ceramics
Also on display are wares made by: Belleek, Limoges, Sevres, Royal Worcester and Royal Copenhagen.