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A Gift to the Nation: The Joseph and June Hennage Collection

Now Open
The exhibition is on view in the Miodrag and Elizabeth Ridgely Blagojevich Gallery
This exhibition has been generously funded by Cynthia Hardin and Robert S. Milligan and Mary Virginia E. and Charles F. Crone in honor of Ronald and Mary Jean Hurst.


A Gift to the Nation: The Joseph and June Hennage Collection, highlights the focused collecting of the late Joe and June Hennage, who strove to acquire great examples of furniture and silver from important colonial centers including Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, Charleston, and the Connecticut River Valley. While the Hennages chose objects to fit within their home, they also actively acquired a variety of forms—tables, high chests, chairs, tea sets, sauceboats and much more—to represent the regional diversity in American furniture and silver. Their collecting was purposeful, but it was also a labor of love. June once said of a particular object, “I decided I would like to own it, which is really one of the great joys of just buying with your heart. You really fall in love with the piece and you have the desire to own it, and then… [you] really go into the research about it.” This exhibition highlights only a fraction of the collection the Hennages bequeathed to Colonial Williamsburg.

The Benjamin Franklin High Chest, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ca. 1770. Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Hennage
Bureau table, Providence, Rhode Island, 1760-1780. Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Hennage
Butter Boat, marked by Samuel Burt, Boston, Massachusetts, ca. 1750. Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Hennage
Pair of water bottles or guglets, Jingdezhen, China, ca. 1805. Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Hennage
Card table, Newburyport, Massachusetts, ca. 1770. Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Hennage