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Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

This barrel-back chair with out-scrolled arms has walnut cabriole front legs with shell-carved knees and pad feet. The shells end in ram’s horns at the top that demarcate the “ears” at the top of the front legs. Bellflowers descend from the shells. The shells, bellflowers, and feet are painted a darker brown to contrast with the natural color of the walnut. The back walnut legs curve gracefully backward toward small pad feet.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

One of a pair of walnut William and Mary-style open armchairs with turned legs, stretchers and arm supports and seats and backs upholstered in floral gros-point wool tapestry. The boldly scrolled arms originate in the rectangular backs and are supported by turned supports, the design of which is echoed in the legs and stretchers. The upholstery features the same design on back and seat showing polychrome floral arrangements in low bowls on yellow grounds surrounded by elaborate frames.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Household Accessories

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.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1859
Artist/Maker: Winslow Homer
Classification: Prints

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.

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