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Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

One of a pair of decoratively carved beech wood armchairs (fauteuils) that has been painted ivory with green striping. The fluted oval back with foliate crest holds the terminals of the scrolled out-flaring arms with fluting on arms and anthemion foliate decoration on the front supports with rosettes marking the joint between arms and supports. The chair rails are shaped and fluted with a small horizontal panel of drapery in a rectangle in the center of the front rail.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1918
Classification: Furniture

The Chippendale-style arm chair with cabriole front legs is upholstered in red leather over the rail. The walnut front legs terminate in booted pad feet and have shells with pendant bellflowers at the knees flanked by deep scrolls. The back pad feet curve gently backward. The generous seat and curved barrel-shaped back are finished with large upholstered arms that curve gently outwards.

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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