Floor Panel

Collection Type

  • Architecture

Date

1712

GUSN

GUSN-46182

Description

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

Details

Descriptive Terms

panels (surface components)
oak (wood)
walnut (wood)
pine (wood)
inlay (process)
Panel
Panel

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.
The house was razed in 1833. A few fragments of the spectacular parlor are all that survive.

Associated Building

Original To Clark-Frankland House,

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

England

Object Type

Building Components; Surface Elements

Dimensions

35 x 35 x 3/4 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Henry Warren

Accession Number

1959.478

Places

Massachusetts (United States)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)