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One of a pair of Jacobean-style walnut open armchairs with barley-twist legs, stretchers and arm supports, the latter terminating in figures of crouched lions, and rectangular backs and seats upholstered in wool gros-point tapestry worked in polychrome threads on a gold ground and trimmed with polychrome wool-and-tassel fringe. The upholstery scenes on the backs of the two chairs are different. This example shows three men dressed as Roman soldiers standing in a landscape with trees.
A gilded metal rectangular holder for a box of wooden matches has a repoussé satyr mask on each of the two solid sides. (Repoussé is a metal-working technique in which low-relief ornament is achieved by careful hammering from behind.) The two short sides are open to allow access to the strikers on a match box. The holder is supported above the center of a square ash tray on a short brass baluster-shaped standard ornamented with acanthus leaves.
Winslow Homer is revered today both for the powerful and dramatic images he created as well as for his enormous technical skill in watercolor and oil. But it was another medium, engraving, in which the artist first revealed his talents.
South facade with side view of porte cochere. Includes two automobiles with man standing beside car in distance and unidentified child at front entrance.