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Plaque, Portrait of Charlotte Cushman

Decorative Arts and Design

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Unglazed porcelain
  • Place Manufactured: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • DATES ca. 1876
    DIMENSIONS 5 3/4 x 5 7/8 x 1 1/2 in. (14.6 x 14.9 x 3.8 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Artist's logo molded above proper left shoulder of sitter: half a man on half a mule
    INSCRIPTIONS Molded vertically along proper left: "Charlotte Cushman" Molded above proper right shoulder of sitter: "U P W" On reverse in pencil script: "Charlotte Cushman/ Authoress"
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Joseph F. McCrindle, by exchange
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Octagonal wall plaque with high relief bust in a dished circle of a woman full face who looks slightly to her proper right. Her elaborate coiffure is parted in the middle. Her signature, "Charlotte Cushman," is molded vertically along the proper left side of the dished circle. Between this signature and the bust is the molded logo of the designer, half a man on half a mule. The intials "U.P.W" are molded above the proper right shoulder of the sitter. Condition: Firing cracks due to holes made top and bottom, perhaps intended to hold plaque in velvet mount. Line runs down into her hair.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    CAPTION Karl L. H. Müller (American, born Germany, 1820–1887). Plaque, Portrait of Charlotte Cushman, ca. 1876. Unglazed porcelain, 5 3/4 x 5 7/8 x 1 1/2 in. (14.6 x 14.9 x 3.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Joseph F. McCrindle, by exchange, 2006.6.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2006.6.2_PS1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 2006.6.2_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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