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Sheathing for Boxed in Stairway

Description

Section of feather edge sheathing which covered a boxed in stairway, probably in a front entry. The artist, Moses Eaton, applied stencils/ tempora in red and green on a faint pink background, directly to unpainted pine boards. The outlines of the stair ends can still be seen on the backs of the wide old boards. At some date long after the original construction, the stenciling was applied to the mellow pine finish. [NFL 1989, p.106] There are two beveled edges.

Details

Maker
Eaton, Moses (American stencil artist, 1796-1886) (Maker)
Date
1815-1830
Inscriptions
In black crayon?, on the upper left board (1991.1055,B) of the back is: 508/(c) .
Location of origin
USA
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
pine (wood)
stenciling
tempera
Object type
Building Component
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
Pine
pine (wood)
STAIRCASE, SHEATHING FOR
stairs
Stenciled
stenciling
tempera
Tempera
Dimensions
74.5 x 20.625 x 0.75 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.1055AB
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
3271
Reference Notes
Little, Nina Fletcher, Author. American Decorative Wall Painting. [No Publisher].

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