French Porcelain-(Old Paris) Year: ca. 1840


2014.05.EL The Mr. & Mrs. Franck H. Kaiser, Sr.

With the coming of independence and the release of British trade restrictions; America no longer looked solely to England for the importation of luxury goods. Former ally France, long the European capital of elegance and sophistication became a new market to be explored. Reconstruction of the White House following the War of 1812 brought elaborate French furniture, china, and silver to fill the public rooms. Upper class Americans nationwide followed suit, Isaac Franklin among them. As one of the richest men in Tennessee he lacked for nothing in the way of material goods, as is displayed by his selection of this French china. The combination of a bold blue band accented by gilded lines coupled with floral sprays is a representative design of the late classical era.


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Belmont Blvd & Acklen Avenue 

Nashville, TN 37212


1900 Belmont Blvd

Nashville, TN 37212


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The architecture of Belmont Mansion makes it one of the most significant homes of 19th century Tennessee.

Sold by the Acklen family in 1887, the house went to a developer who began one of Nashville’s early suburbs.

It was then purchased by two women who in 1890 started a college which evolved into Belmont University. Today the Belmont Mansion Association, which was formed in 1972, owns the collection, runs the museum, and shares this unique story of 19th century Nashville with visitors from far and near.

Photos by Ed Houk