Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Parlor Memorial, ca. 1865

Parlor Memorial ca. 1865

Made by Eliza Trask ( 1834-1919)

Maine cherry wood with mastic, seashells and daguerreotype, ambrotype, and tintype photos.

The Wadsworth Athenaeum

Brown Print Dress, c. 1860

Brown Print Dress, c. 1860

Owned by Drusilla Hubbard Higgins of Hartford, CT (1818-1904)

The Wadsworth Athenaeum

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Morning Negligee. Harper's Magazine February 1865.

Morning Negligee.  Harper's Magazine February 1865.  NYPL Digital Gallery.

"Among several novelties we have seen one that buttons from the neck to the bottom of the skirt in front, and from the waist down all the way at the back, the last few buttons being left open. The robe was perfectly plain. We illustrate above one with revers formed by cutting up the sides of the skirt. The material is maize-colored merino, trimmed with a deeper hued or buff plait of silk, and with cords and tassels upon the sleeves and chest."

The Paris Fashions for April. Illustrated London News, March 31, 1860

The Paris Fashions for April.  Illustrated London News, March 31, 1860.  NYPL Digital Gallery. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Feather Bouquet Fan, 1840-60

Feather bouquet fan

Italian or French, 1840–60
Italy or France

DIMENSIONS:  52 cm (20 1/2 in.)




Printed and painted paper leaf. Obverse: two men and three women in 18th century pastoral setting, gilt chinoiserie-style decoration at sides and top. Reverse: two women with baskets and man in boat in Italian setting with buildings on shore, decorative gilt at sides and top. Green dyed feathers along top and on guards with white silk flowers (forming bouquet when closed). Carved ivory sticks in decorative motif, gilt decoration on guards with flirting mirror (obv.) and "Tassie" cameo (rev.). Mother-of-pearl buttons on rivet. Salmon silk and gilt tassel depends from decorative brass ring.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 

Fan: Lithographed, Spanish ca. 1850

Fan with lithographed narrow paper leaf

Spanish, about 1850

DIMENSIONS:  50 cm (19 11/16 in.)

MEDIUM OR TECHNIQUE: Paper; lithograph



Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Cameo: Ariel (Shakespeare's The Tempest)

Where the bee sucks there suck I, 
In a cowslip's bell I lie, 
There I couch where owls do cry, 
On the bat's back I do fly.
After summer merrily; merrily, merrily shall I live now,
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough..."

Material: Sardonyx Shell, 18k gold signed, there is the eagle head stamped on the pin and on the “C” clasp, which was the French symbol for the 18k gold, enamel.
Size: 2 6/8” by 2 2/8” only cameo is 2 1/8” by 1 5/8”.

Date and Origin: Circa 1850 France, original fitted case.