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Figure

Maker:
Attributed to Simeon Skillin (1757–1806)
Maker:
Attributed to John Skillin
Date:
ca. 1790
Geography:
Made in Salem, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1909
Accession Number:
10.125.81b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
This figure adorned the pediment of a Chippendale-style desk and bookcase when it came to the Museum. Thought to have been made somewhat later than the desk, it is probably the work of two members of a well-known family of Boston ship carvers who executed similar allegorical figures for two chest-on-chests made for the Derby family of Salem. The draped figure is in the Neoclassical style and may symbolize Peace, the caduceus in her left hand replacing what was likely an olive branch.
descended in the Putnam family, Newburyport, Massachusetts, until 1897; H. Eugene Bolles, Boston, 1897–1909; [Mrs. Russell Sage, New York, 1909]
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