From the Grape Tavern to Family Possession: Provenance Research of the Muench Collection in the Phillips Museum of Art
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This study focuses on resolving the provenance issues of a collection of objects in the Phillips Museum of Art in Franklin and Marshall College that supposedly came from the Grape Tavern, one of the oldest taverns in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It includes an investigation of the history of the Grape Tavern and provenance research based on the donor's genealogy. This research draws almost exclusively on primary and archival sources, including Federal census records, family correspondence, diaries, records in the Lancaster Historical Society, County probate records and newspaper clippings. An investigation of the history of the Grape Tavern and of these objects' ownership reveals that the museum's collection likely contains objects from the Grape Tavern. This research highlights the historical and cultural value of these objects for the city of Lancaster.