Rundlet-May House

Trade and Decorative Arts Gallery


From an export cabinet with provenance from the 1876 International Exposition of Philadelphia, a floral-encrusted porcelain vase that was a wedding present to James and Mary Morison May, a girandole which illuminated the room with candlelight, a small sewing implement in the shape of a bird; the role that world trade played in creating Rundlet-May House is remarkable and thorough. These treasured possessions took on extra meaning; they told stories of the men and women who lived with them every day.