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Pulpit Base

Description

Mahogany pulpit base, heavily carved in foliates and acanthus and other ornamental designs; wider at top; with stepbacks on sides.

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Label
"Cherished Possession": This handsomely carved pulpit was the focal point of the interior of the splendid Brattle Square Church in Boston, Massachusetts, which was built just before the American Revolution. The church boasted the wealthiest and most politically connected congregation in the city, including both Tories and patriots like John Hancock. When the British occupied Boston, they used the church as barracks; fortunately, the church's deacons were able to protect the pulpit from vandalism by erecting a wooden barrier around it. In 1778, the Reverend Samuel Cooper stood behind the pulpit to break the news that marked the Revolution's turning point-the French had agreed to join forces with the patriots.
Maker
Attributed to Craft, Mr. (Carver)
Attributed to Burbeck, William, 1716-1785 (Carver)
Date
1772-1773
Associated Building
Original To Brattle Street Church.
Material
carving (processes)
mahogany (wood)
staining
veneering
Object type
Ceremonial Artifacts; Religious Objects
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
acanthus (motif)
bases (object components)
carving (processes)
foliation (pattern)
mahogany (wood)
Pulpit
pulpits
scrolling foliage
staining
veneering
Dimensions
36 x 51 x 18 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1975.195
Credit Line
Museum Accession
GUSN
67190
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