Skip to content

Search Collections

Floor Panel

1959.478 (RS32467)

Description

Coat-of-arms in center with swans and three circles; interlocking bands surround coat-of-arms; circle with triangle surrounding it.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": The room which contained this floor panel was described in Miss Leslie's Card Game for Young People of Famous Boston Buildings of 1831, long after it was built, as “probably the most expensively finished room in Boston.” The room had a marble fireplace, lavishly carved and gilded columns, a dozen painted landscapes including the two to the right, and an unusually decorative floor made of parquetry, small interlocking pieces of wood. The central portion of the floor, seen here, had the three swans of the coat of arms of the Clark family, the building's first owner.<br/> The house was razed in 1833. A few fragments of the spectacular parlor are all that survive.<br/>
Maker
unknown
Date
1712
Location of origin
England
Associated Building
Original To Clark-Frankland House.
Material
inlay (process)
oak (wood)
pine (wood)
walnut (wood)
Object type
Building Components; Surface Elements
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
inlay (process)
Panel
panels (surface components)
Possibly oak (wood)
Possibly pine (wood)
Possibly walnut (wood)
Dimensions
35 x 35 x 3/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1959.478
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Henry Warren
GUSN
46182

Comments