Wax Figure

Collection Type

  • Toys and games

Date

1720-1725

GUSN

GUSN-190963

Description

Wax Figure, male, wearing a red coat and trousers. With original turned wooden stand and glass bell jar cover.

Details

Descriptive Terms

figures (representations)
wax
silk (textile)
linen (material)
shell (animal material)
Figure

Label

"Cherished Possessions": These extraordinary objects, made by the teen-aged daughter of a well-to-do Boston, Massachusetts, family, are the only American-made free-standing figures known to have survived from the eighteenth century. Wax work, like fancy needlework, was among the artistic skills considered important in the education of young girls during this period. Sarah Gee supported these figures on armatures and used colored beeswax and real fabric trimmed with lace dipped in wax for their bodies. They are protected by their original English bell jars and mounted on turned wooden pedestals made to fit the jars. Considering their fragility, the fact that they have survived in excellent condition is a testament to how much they were treasured by Gee's descendants.

Related Items

Title Wax Figure Accession Number 1924.918

Maker

Gardner, Sarah, 1709-1794 (Maker)

Object Type

Toy

Dimensions

23 3/4 x 10 1/2 (HxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Mary C. Stimpson

Accession Number

1924.919