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Made for the cupola of the Pickman-Derby-Brookhouse house, 70 Washington Street, Salem, Massachusetts; sometime after it was purchased by Elias Hasket Derby in 1782, probably at the time of a remodeling in 1786; to Robert Brookhouse (1779-1866), silversmith, merchant, and trader of Salem; to his grand-daughter, Mrs. Eliza (Brookhouse) Rice, who probabky removed it to her Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, house after the Salem house was srazed in 1915; to her daughter, Mrs. Lila Brookhouse (Rice) Barker; to her son, W. Gardner Barker, Greenwich, Connecticut; acquired at auction, Northeast Auctions, August 3-4, 1991, no. 557.

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Museum purchase with funds donated by a Friend of the Department of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, The Estate of Gilbert L. Steward, Sr., Mrs. Ichabod F. Atwood and Mrs. Elaine Wilde, The French Foundation in memory of Edward V. French, The Seminarians, and an anonymous donor

about 1786–99

Object Place

Salem, Massachusetts, United States


Overall: 99.1 x 76.2cm (39 x 30in.) Mount (Carved and painted wooden pedestal): 90.8 x 45.7 x 45.7 cm (35 3/4 x 18 x 18 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gilt white pine