From June through October 2020, the exhibit at the c. 1716 Warner House will be Brilliance: Early Glass in America, 1700-1850.


The exhibit will consist of some 150 pieces of early glass in several broad categories:


  • English wine bottles and glasses, including wines, ales, jellies and syllabubs.
  • American free blown, pattern-moulded, blown-moulded and press-moulded glassware New England to Ohio.
  • Architectural, including window and mirror glass.
  • Corresponding archaeological shards from Warner House and Strawbery Banke Museum.


The glassware exhibit will emphasize changes in design and usage over time, and it will contain examples illustrating the early development and spread of glass making from New England through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio. Many of the most mundane utilitarian wares show an individuality in design, and beauty in brilliance and color that all should enjoy.

Featured glassware will be from the collections of the Warner House, Strawbery Banke Museum, other area museums, and private collectors.

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An exhibit of some 275 pieces of stoneware, mostly German and English, is now on view at the Warner House daily except Tuesdays until October 20, 2019 and subsequently to November 1, 2019 by appointment.

Prior to 1775, little stoneware was produced in America, and these types of ware were extensively imported and are frequent archaeological finds throughout the Colonies, and at Warner House in particular, as numerous displayed sherds will attest.

Drawn mostly from private area collections as well as Strawberry Banke and Saco Museums, the exhibit includes extreme rarities not generally on public view. There is a broad spectrum ranging from plain utilitarian wares to the highly decorative. Examples are displayed in case as well as table settings throughout the House.


  • Owl Jug
    Owl Jug

    A unique owl jug, probably Burslem, Staffordshire, England, circa 1720-1740.

  • Tankard

    An unusual tankard with image of Queen Anne over crowned “AR” for Anne Regina. Probably Staffordshire, England, circa 1703-1714.

  • Mug

    An extremely rare carved mug attributed to John Dwight, Fulham, England, circa 1700.

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The first lecture of our 2018 season will feature curator Sandra Rux with an introduction to the new exhibit Celebrations Public and Private.

From the grand design of the house by Archibald Macpheadris to tea for the last summer residents, the Warner House was in the midst of Portsmouth society. While attempting to provide an overview of conviviality in Portsmouth over the 200 years of Warner house occupancy, Ms Rux will discuss how we were able to arrive at an historically accurate picture of entertainments at the Warner House even though we do not have diaries, letters or bills that would tell the story more completely.

The lecture will take place at the Warner House at 5:30 on Thursday June 14. Light refreshments will be served.

The cost is $10 ($35 for the entire series of five lectures) and is free for Warner House members. Click here for more about supporting the historic Warner House by becoming a member.

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Open June 1 through October 16 at the Warner House.  Exhibit is part of admission.

Special reception on June 1 at 5 p.m. at the Warner Houes for Warner House members.  Not a member?  Help us bring in 300 new members this year and join today!

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From June - September 2016 at the Discover Portsmouth Center!

Opening reception is June 3 at 5 p.m. during Art Around Town.

Co-curators are Richard Candee and Robert Chase. 

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