Cornish Celebration Presentation Plaque

Augustus Saint-Gaudens American
Cast by Roman Bronze Works

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 766

In commemoration of Saint-Gaudens’s twenty years in Cornish, New Hampshire, residents wrote, organized, and acted in the allegorical play "A Masque of ‘Ours,' the Gods and the Golden Bowl." It was performed on June 22, 1905, on the grounds of the sculptor’s house, Aspet, with the participants dressed as ancient mythological figures. Soon thereafter, Saint-Gaudens modeled a plaque to express his gratitude to the players and musicians. The text painstakingly records their names, while a classical temple framed by pine trees draped with stage curtains and masks recalls the setting. This large gilded version was a gift to the playwright, Louis Shipman, who wrote and directed the masque. Saint-Gaudens also distributed small silvered-bronze plaquettes that were individually inscribed to the participants, including one in The Met’s collection (08.216) presented to the painter Kenyon Cox.

Cornish Celebration Presentation Plaque, Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, Dublin 1848–1907 Cornish, New Hampshire), Bronze, gilt, American

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