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Miniature portrait of Sally Foster Otis (1770-1836)

1947.783 (RS196483)

Description

This miniature watercolor on ivory depicts Mrs. Harrison Gray (Sally Foster) Otis from the waist up wearing an orange dress and a pearl necklace with a carnelian cross pendant. It is set within a bronze-colored frame with a molded leaf and berry pattern border surrounding an orange velvet mat with an oval opening with a bronze edge.

Details

Label
In "Cherished Possessions"
Maker
Malbone, Edward Greene, 1777-1807 (Artist)
Date
1804
Inscriptions
Ink: "Sally Foster Otis born Janry 21 1770 / wife of Honble. Harrison Gray Otis" Mark: "FE" Engraved: "Susse. Fres" (Ink, Mark and Stamp)
Location of origin
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, New England
Associated Building
Associated With Harrison Gray Otis House, First House (Boston, Mass.).
Material
gilt bronze
ivory (tooth component)
velvet (fabric weave)
watercolor (paint)
Object type
Art
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
gilt bronze
ivory (tooth component)
miniatures (paintings)
Painting
velvet (fabric weave)
watercolor (paint)
People and organizations
Otis, Harrison Gray, 1765-1848
Otis, Sally (Foster), 1770-1836
Dimensions
6 x 5 1/4 x 3/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1947.783
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Sophia H. Ritchie
GUSN
103641
Exhibition Notes
"Art and Commerce in Early New England," presented by Bank of Boston, 1984; "Hidden Treasures from Elegant Eras," Historic Jewelry from the Collections of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities presented by Shreve, Crump & Low, September 15 - November 30, 1995; "Cherished Possessions: A New England Legacy," Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, July 2003 to October 2005; "Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at www.historicnewengland.org/jewelryhistory/.
Reference Notes
This miniature is illustrated in Nylander, Richard, "The Magazine Antiques," June 1975, 107: 1139; Carlisle, Nancy, "Cherished Possessions," 2003: 206-208; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America," p. 124;
Related Items
Title Miniature of Harrison Gray Otis Accession number 1947.782
Title Cornelian Necklace Accession number 1967.58

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