Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Quillwork Sconce

Maker:
Eunice Deering
Date:
1720–40
Geography:
Made in Kittery, Maine, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Paper, glass, shells, silver, copper wire
Dimensions:
30 x 14 in. (76.2 x 35.6 cm)
Classification:
Natural Substances
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair, 1948
Accession Number:
48.158.13
Not on view
A fragile form of handiwork, quillwork consists of narrow strips of paper rolled into tiny scrolls and glued, one against the other, within a shadow-box frame to form a design. In this case, sconces for candles were attached to the front of each frame, and the glittering mica-covered quillwork magnified and reflected the candlelight. This sconce and its mate (48.158.12) was made by Eunice Deering of Kittery, Maine and is still in its original frame.
Inscription: inscribed on inside bottom of frame: N 3 [?] ; impressed on the back of brass plate holding candle arm: 1G K
Mrs. J. Insley Blair, Tuxedo Park, New York, until 1948
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