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Window Cornice

1971.881.1 (RS32625)

Description

Wooden cirnice, carved in the shape of a lance, with gilt and painted "feather" and arrowhead on opposite ends.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": This lance-shaped curtain cornice is one of a set of three that adorn the walls above the windows in the formal parlor of James Rundlet's Portsmouth, New Hampshire, home. Although the original curtains that hung from this cornice do not survive, they were probably similar to ones published in fashionable English magazines-colorful drapery swags and curtain panels trimmed with elaborate tassels and fringe.
Maker
unknown
Date
ca. 1810
Associated Building
Original to Rundlet-May House (Portsmouth, N.H.).
Material
feather (material)
mahogany (wood)
softwood
Object type
Building Component
Places
New Hampshire (United States)
Probably England (United Kingdom) [country]
Descriptive terms
Arrow
arrows
CORNICE
cornices
Feather
feather (material)
Mahogany
mahogany (wood)
softwood
Softwood
Accession Number
1971.881.1
Credit Line
Gift of Ralph May
GUSN
5592

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