Pulpit base

Collection Type

  • Architecture

Date

1772-1773

GUSN

GUSN-67190

Description

Pulpit base, heavily carved mahogany with foliate, acanthus, and other ornamental designs. Wider at top with stepbacks on sides.

Details

Descriptive Terms

pulpits
bases (object components)
mahogany (wood)
white pine (wood)
carving (processes)
staining
veneering
acanthus (motif)
foliation (pattern)
Pulpit
Pulpit

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.

Associated Building

Original To Brattle Street Church,

Additional Identification Number

T117B B

Maker

Attributed to Crafts, William, 1736-1800 (Carver)
Attributed to Burbeck, William, 1716-1785 (Carver)

Dimensions

36 x 51 x 18 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Museum Accession

Accession Number

1975.195

Places

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

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