Silhouettes

Rare Pennsylvania Marriage Silhouette & Scherenschnitte ex-Winterthur
  • Rarely found Pennsylvania folk marriage silhouette with Scherenschnitte background touches, including initials, “E.T.” and “B.R.” surrounded a heart to signify their love and the date, 1827. Wedding bells hang above the couple’s heads and a woven basket with branches of Pennsylvania-style tulips arching upward. The bride and groom are each under a heart in the middle of a foliate arch, ended by two Pennsylvania style tulips. This very special cut-away (hollow-cut) is in a period frame measuring 7.25” in. x 9.25”. The silhouette has been properly and expertly conserved by Anne F. Clapp, a world-renown paintings and paper conservator who worked with Winterthur Estates Museum. Her detailed conservation report is included in an open envelope on the back of the frame. We converted the report from a pdf to a picture image and lost a bit of clarity of the format. If you would like to see the pdf, just send us an email and we will email it right back to you. Also on the back of the frame is a post-it note with the following pencil inscription: "similar figures on a signed (in pencil) group A.W. Summers 1839." We looked up A.W. Summers images and do not agree that this silhouette is at all similar. But, we are happy to direct you to an image for your own comparison. Some losses to gilding on frame, especially on edges.

    Provenance: Ex-Collection of L. Delmar and Susan Burrows Swan, Wilmington, Delaware; ex-Winterthur Collection.

    #6965    $3150