Research: Luce Center for American Art

Accession #1994.58
Manufacturer Meriden Britannia Company
Dateca. 1885
Dimensions13 3/4 x 13 5/8 x 4 3/8 in. (34.9 x 34.6 x 11.1 cm)
MarksImpressed on back of plaque: circle containing "MERIDEN [shield with scales] B. COMPANY" and below circle, "8300"; incised below these marks: "23 / #"
Credit LineMarie Bernice Bitzer Fund
LocationAmerican Identities: Expanding Horizons
DescriptionPlaque in shape of large shallow bowl with hammered interior surface and applied castings of birds in a tree. This sculptural group consists of a curving branch with leaves and blossoms, a small nest with bird along the bottom edge, and another bird with outstretched wings perched above; attached with screws to plaque. Plaque intended to be hung on wall. Condition: Good; there appear to be two repaired (soldered) breaks on branches; some scratches around interior of bowl; missing screw on back.