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Art of the Americas: July 2008–June 2009


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Fireplace surround from the Elizabeth E. Spooner house, Boston, Massachusetts

about 1880
Overall: 308.6 x 278.1 cm (121 1/2 x 109 1/2 in.)
Painted and gilt wood, porcelain tiles

Classification: Architectural elements

Object Place: Probably China and the United States of America

Accession number: 2008.1501

Location: Robert P. and Carol T. Henderson Gallery (The Aesthetic Movement, 1870–1900)

Provenance/Ownership History: 1881, installed in Drawing Room of the Elizabeth E. Spooner House, 196 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston; by 1996, owned by David L. Petrovsky (antiques dealer) of Hudson, New York; 1996, purchased by Warren and Jan Adelson of Irvington, New York from Petrovsky; 2008, given by Warren and Jan Adelson to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 17, 2008)

Gift of Jan and Warren Adelson