Decorative Indulgences

philamuseum:

Black History Month: African American craftsman Peter Hill was still enslaved when he served as an apprentice to clockmaker Joseph Hollingshead, Jr., in the predominantly Quaker community of Burlington Township, NJ. Hill made this clock a few years after acquiring his freedom in 1795. Reflect on this historical piece from the American Art collection, on view in gallery 107. “Tall Case Clock,” 1801-5, Peter Hill

philamuseum:

Black History Month: African American craftsman Peter Hill was still enslaved when he served as an apprentice to clockmaker Joseph Hollingshead, Jr., in the predominantly Quaker community of Burlington Township, NJ. Hill made this clock a few years after acquiring his freedom in 1795. Reflect on this historical piece from the American Art collection, on view in gallery 107.

Tall Case Clock,” 1801-5, Peter Hill

the-wicked-knight:


Portions of a Ceremonial Armor ca. 1575–80 French

This armor was severely damaged by fire in the 1870s, destroying its gorget (collar) and arm defenses and melting off the gilding that originally covered all its exterior surfaces. Despite this damage, the remaining parts are important as examples of French ceremonial armor from the period of Henri III (reigned 1574–89). The embossed decoration consists of battle scenes of soldiers wearing Classical armor.

the-wicked-knight:

Portions of a Ceremonial Armor ca. 1575–80 French

This armor was severely damaged by fire in the 1870s, destroying its gorget (collar) and arm defenses and melting off the gilding that originally covered all its exterior surfaces. Despite this damage, the remaining parts are important as examples of French ceremonial armor from the period of Henri III (reigned 1574–89). The embossed decoration consists of battle scenes of soldiers wearing Classical armor.

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Child’s hunting crossbow, 1600. Unknown artist. Germany.

Crossbow makers were affiliated as a separate group of craftsmen, ‘the Crossbowmen.‘ By the 16th century the great craft centres such as Nuremberg and Augsburg in southern Germany were producing crossbows with elaborate carving and inlaid, engraved staghorn. The combination of steel bow, often beautifully etched with mythological or biblical designs and the wooden stock brought together the armourer and the furniture maker for the same productions. V&A

maptitude1:

This map of the Iberian Peninsula, painted on a lapis lazuli plate, was made around 1550 by Augustin Hirschvogel, a German cartographer. It is now in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

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feminesque:

aarcadien:

Salvador Dali – Ménagère (Cutlery Set), 1957
Six pieces (silver-gilt) comprising of two forks, two knives and two enameled spoons.

Do you mean seven pieces and three spoons?

feminesque:

aarcadien:

Salvador Dali – Ménagère (Cutlery Set), 1957

Six pieces (silver-gilt) comprising of two forks, two knives and two enameled spoons.

Do you mean seven pieces and three spoons?

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byzantio:

[Image - Perfume brazier in the form of a domed building, Constantinople or Italy, end of the twelfth century. Silver, partially gilded, embossed and perforated, 36 x 30 cm. On loan from the Basilica di San Marco, Venice, Tesoro, inv. no. 109. Photo per gentile concessione della Procuratoria di San Marco/Cameraphoto Arte, Venice]

byzantio:

[Image - Perfume brazier in the form of a domed building, Constantinople or Italy, end of the twelfth century. Silver, partially gilded, embossed and perforated, 36 x 30 cm. On loan from the Basilica di San Marco, Venice, Tesoro, inv. no. 109. Photo per gentile concessione della Procuratoria di San Marco/Cameraphoto Arte, Venice]

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design-is-fine:

Comb case and lid, 1400-1500. Leather. Italy. De boen Amore means With good love. Made for an ivory comb. 

A comb was considered an appropriate love gift from the lover to his beloved at a betrothal.The high value of personal possessions encouraged the use of protective cases of all shapes and sizes. These were moulded and stitched in leather, close-fitting and light-weight, exceptionally durable, and have often outlasted the contents. They could be intricately decorated with fashionable ornament, personalised inscriptions and colour. More: V&A

fashionsfromhistory:

Armchair
Mid 18th Century 
Italy
Sotheby’s

fashionsfromhistory:

Armchair

Mid 18th Century 

Italy

Sotheby’s

ismarchives:

William Bradford, The Arctic Regions: Illustrated with Photographs taken on an Art Expeditition of Greenland. (London: Marston, Low, and Searle, 1873.)
Measuring over 2’ across, only 350 copies of this beautiful, albeit massive, Victorian era photo book were printed—and we’re lucky enough to house it in our archives!
See more at the J. Welles Henderson Archives & Library at the Independence Seaport Museum. Follow us on Tumblr!

ismarchives:

William Bradford, The Arctic Regions: Illustrated with Photographs taken on an Art Expeditition of Greenland. (London: Marston, Low, and Searle, 1873.)

Measuring over 2’ across, only 350 copies of this beautiful, albeit massive, Victorian era photo book were printed—and we’re lucky enough to house it in our archives!

See more at the J. Welles Henderson Archives & Library at the Independence Seaport Museum. Follow us on Tumblr!

indypendenthistory:

16th Century German wedding ring, double ring, with Latin inscription “What God Hath Joined Together, Let No Man Put Asunder.” (via http://www.lookinart.tv/)

indypendenthistory:

16th Century German wedding ring, double ring, with Latin inscription “What God Hath Joined Together, Let No Man Put Asunder.” (via http://www.lookinart.tv/)

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cultureandkitsch:

Bird Cup, Georg Ruhl, c.1598-1602, silver gilt, gold, gems and mother of pearl, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection, on loan to the V&A. 
The Nuremburg craftsman Georg Ruhl, who made this cover, was known for setting precious materials and natural curiosities in mounts of gilded silver. This bird cup is notable because the effect of the carving is so naturalistic. 

cultureandkitsch:

Bird Cup, Georg Ruhl, c.1598-1602, silver gilt, gold, gems and mother of pearl, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection, on loan to the V&A

The Nuremburg craftsman Georg Ruhl, who made this cover, was known for setting precious materials and natural curiosities in mounts of gilded silver. This bird cup is notable because the effect of the carving is so naturalistic. 

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malformalady:

The watch of Mary Queen of Scots, c. 16th Century. This Memento-Mori watch presented to Mary Queen of Scots by her attendant Mary Seaton, is from the 16th century. The forehead of the skull is engraved with a figure of death between a palace and a cottage, and a quotation in Latin, “pale death visits with impartial foot the cottages of the poor and castles of the rich”. The skull is held upside down and the jaw lifted to read the silver dial. The hour is struck on a bell. Made by Moyant A. Blois (1570-90). The skull is silver gilt and engraved with figures of death with his scythe and hourglass, Adam and Eve and the crucifixion. The lower part of the skull is pierced to emit the sound when it strikes. The works occupy the brain’s position in the skull fitting into a silver bell which fills the entire hollow of the skull. The hours are struck on this bell by a small hammer.

malformalady:

The watch of Mary Queen of Scots, c. 16th Century. This Memento-Mori watch presented to Mary Queen of Scots by her attendant Mary Seaton, is from the 16th century. The forehead of the skull is engraved with a figure of death between a palace and a cottage, and a quotation in Latin, “pale death visits with impartial foot the cottages of the poor and castles of the rich”. The skull is held upside down and the jaw lifted to read the silver dial. The hour is struck on a bell. Made by Moyant A. Blois (1570-90). The skull is silver gilt and engraved with figures of death with his scythe and hourglass, Adam and Eve and the crucifixion. The lower part of the skull is pierced to emit the sound when it strikes. The works occupy the brain’s position in the skull fitting into a silver bell which fills the entire hollow of the skull. The hours are struck on this bell by a small hammer.

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historysquee:

Queen Victoria Scarf Pin
This scarf pin was made around 1850 and was part of a popular craze of items and jewels that contained portraits of the queen. 

historysquee:

Queen Victoria Scarf Pin

This scarf pin was made around 1850 and was part of a popular craze of items and jewels that contained portraits of the queen. 

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aleyma:

Shillelagh cane, made in Ireland in the late 19th century (source).

aleyma:

Shillelagh cane, made in Ireland in the late 19th century (source).

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