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Frame with Portrait Engraving of Man in Profile Facing Right

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Silver-plate
DATES ca. 1908
DIMENSIONS 9 x 9 5/8 x 3 5/8 in. (22.9 x 24.4 x 9.2 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS On lower edge of frame: "MF'D & PLATED BY / REED & BARTON / 73"
SIGNATURE no signature
INSCRIPTIONS Lower right: "NEW YORK / MAY 7TH 1908 / PRESENTED BY / WILLIAM BRADLEY / CONTRACTOR, / ON THE OCCASION OF / THE THROUGH / CONNECTION OF THE / PENN. R.R. TUNNELS / INTO / NEW YORK / BY THE MEETING OF / THE BERGEN HILL / TUNNELS. / CHARLES M. JACOBS, / CHIEF ENGINEER."
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 85.162a-b
CREDIT LINE H. Randolph Lever Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Reed & Barton (American, 1840-present). Frame with Portrait Engraving of Man in Profile Facing Right, ca. 1908. Silver-plate, 9 x 9 5/8 x 3 5/8 in. (22.9 x 24.4 x 9.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 85.162a-b
IMAGE overall, CUR.85.162a-b.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Round-arched frame (a) with mushroom-shaped opening and two rectangular projections on lower edge serving as feet. The frame is ornamented to resemble a cross-section of a railway tunnel. Near the picture edge is acid-etched fill comprising dots and small triangles; outside of this irregular area is filled with acid-etched pebble shapes; along outer edge of frame are trapezoidal forms filled with cross-hatching. In lower left of frame is a rectangle comprising 12 canted squares, each filled with four circles. In the lower right of frame is a rectangular panel (switch box?) engraved with canted squares on left edge and with inscription. Inside the frame (b) is glazed photogravure of a man, profile facing right. The backing of the frame (c) is blue velvet-covered cardboard with a hinged prop. CONDITION: Some minor wear to velvet, otherwise excellent.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (74%)
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Frame with Portrait Engraving of Man in Profile Facing Right