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In exhibit "Boxes: Open and Shut" at SPNEA's One Bowdoin Square Gallery May 15, 2001 to October 2001. The exhibit then traveled to Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, MA where objects were on display from November 2001 to May 6, 2002.
"Cherished Possessions": This kit belonged to itinerant decorator Moses Eaton, Jr., of Hancock and Dublin, New Hampshire. Stencil decoration as an alternative to wallpaper began to be used in New England late in the eighteenth century and reached the height of its popularity between 1815 and 1840. Artisans like Eaton traveled from town to town, taking with them a small kit of paint brushes, colors, and cut-out stencils, with which they created a seemingly endless variety of decorative wall treatments. Eaton is believed to have decorated countless New England homes before finally settling down to the life of a farmer.
Eaton, Moses (American stencil artist, 1796-1886) (Owner)
Bequest of Miss Janet Waring
New Hampshire (United States)