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Bas-relief Panel from Soda Fountain

Decorative Arts and Design

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Silver-plate on copper and brass
DATES ca. 1865
DIMENSIONS Other (Height of panel): 6 1/2 x 31 3/4 in. (16.5 x 80.6 cm) Other (Height of panel with hinges): 9 in. (22.9 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Molded inscription at bottom of panel, below main register, on a stippled ground and in Gothic letters: "NEW YORK [strapwork] JOHN MATTHEWS PATENT [strapwork] MDCCCLXV." Incised under the sleigh in the main pictorial register: "K. MULLER" Scratched on back of one of the hinges: "H N"
CREDIT LINE Gift of Wunsch Foundation, Inc.
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Bas-relief panel from a soda fountain, silver-plate on copper and brass. Wide rectangular panel with wider rod framing top edge. Each end of panel is framed by a simple vertical rod and at each end is a panel of unornamented silver. Between the two unornamented panels is the main pictorial panel that has dentils at the top. At the bottom, on a stippled ground and in gothic letters: "NEW YORK [within strapwork]/ JOHN MATTHEWS PATENT; MDCCCLXV [within strapwork]." The central panel depicts a bearded man in a sleigh pulled by a reindeer through a craggy, icy landscape. A dog runs along with the reindeer and a polar bear peeks over an ice cap. In the sleigh with the man is an over-sized siphon bottle. Under the sleigh is the inscription: "K. MULLER." Flanking this panel are two narrow panels with diamond lozenges and two square panels with gothic tracery. At each end of the upper edge is a pierced, openwork hinge, rounded triangle in shape. CONDITION: Significant wear to silver-plate with copper and brass showing through in many places. Scratches and dents to surface throughout. Many patches of old oxidation.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CAPTION John Matthews. Bas-relief Panel from Soda Fountain, ca. 1865. Silver-plate on copper and brass, Other (Height of panel): 6 1/2 x 31 3/4 in. (16.5 x 80.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Wunsch Foundation, Inc., 1990.155.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.1990.155.2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.1990.155.2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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