Additional Information: Legend “Washington institute” encircling portrait bust of
George Washington. Back mark: L . H & SCOVILL / EXTRA. The location of
Washington Institute is believed to have been in New York City, and to have been in
existence as early as 1827 and as late as 1853.
Material: Carved wood, polychrome, vibrant, displays very well
Additional Information: American, beginning of the 20th Century. The flat back figure,
almost life size, shows Washington with his sword…wearing his high black boots with
spurs, ivory pants, and vest; ruffled jabot and sleaves; blue coat with brass-colored
buttons. His tricorne “cocked hat” ornamented with a red, white, and orange cockade.
May have been originally displayed at a Philadelphia theater.
Condition: Excellent, gilt surface looks to have been refreshed many years ago.
Additional Information: George Washington’s death compelled a long farewell, a
mourning period that lasted several years…embroidered pictures, needlework’s,
mourning jewelry, samplers with mourning scenes and domestic decorative arts such as
this mirror. The reverse painted tablet prominently displays a portrait of Washington
within gilt oval flanked by cenotaph urns on monuments [plinths], weeping trees, and
sunset sky. These artistic devices speak to the iconographic vocabulary of mourn art
during the period. Stepped-out architectural cornice above turned and split columns;
stiles and rails joined by corner blocks. This looking glass has been in a Worcester,
Massachusetts family for many generations, thence by family decent to current owner.
General Washington is posed before his horse with compromised canon and cavalryman while in the background is Continental soldiers and our 13-star flags.
The patterns were imported from Berlin as was the worsted wool used for working needlepoint and/or cross-stitch pictures on canvas throughout the Victorian era. Frame: 45.5 by 56.25"; Sight Size: 38.75 by 49.5".
Ox horn scales impressed “General Washington” beneath Washington’s profile portrait.
Brothers William & Samuel Butcher founded the company in 1820. The signed blade
and scales remain in fine original condition, likely the original unsharpened edge. Case
is embossed with makers name and mark; paper loss to lid edge (.75-inch)
(Length closed: 6.25")
After Gilbert Stuart, circa 1855-1865 (Prior, 1806-1873) (Housed in gold painted frame; backboard is new, not examined out of frame;SOLD
frame: 23.75" x 27.75": view: 19.75" x 23.75")
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