Authenticating ...

2002: Robert Whitley


Robert's father was an artist and an antique collector. From 1948 to 2011, Robert restored antique furniture for major antique dealers, private collectors, museums, state and government institutions.

His works are exhibited in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Smithonian, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Independence Hall, and many other museums and private collections.

 Major Awards:

  • National Merit Award, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, 1966
  • Craft Multiples Award, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 1975
  • Handmade Furniture Exhibit Award, American Craft Museum, 1979-80
  • Individual Grant, National Endowment of the Arts, Washington D.C., 1980
  • First Place Award of Excellence, The American Woodworker Magazine, 1996
  • Bucks County Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, 2002

Major Commissions:

  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA
  • Dolly Madison House
  • Second National Bank of the United States
  • Graff House
  • Franklin Court
  • City Tavern
  • Carpenters' Hall
  • George Washington's Headquarters, Morristown, New Jersey. 
  • Bent's Old Fort, La Junta, Colorado
  • Valley Forge Historical Park
  • Derby House, Salem, Massachusetts
  • Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion Philadelphia, PA
  • The Athenaeum, Philadelphia, PA
  • St. Peter's Episcopal Church

Private Commisions:

  • Philladelphia Queen Anne Arm Chair, circa 1745
  • Chippendale Scro11-Top Highboy, Philadelphia, circa 1745
The Society of American
Period Furniture Makers
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