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Parlor from the Mansfield House

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Room with four paneled walls, including fireplace wall flanked by cupboard at right and paneled door at left.


This woodwork is from a house built for Isaac Mansfield of Marblehead, Massachusetts, between 1743 and 1760 and located on State Street. The dwelling was subsequently owned by members of the Orne family. The house was purchased by the Museum in 1927 with funds provided by Mrs. George H. Davenport, a Bostonian with a summer home in Marblehead, and the paneling removed. (The original house was resold for use as an apartment complex and was still standing in 1978.) The paneling was installed in its present location early in 1928.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. George H. Davenport

About 1743–60


Length 16 feet; width 16 feet, 10 inches; height 8 feet, 4 inches.

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Medium or Technique

Painted pine




Architectural elements