Mantel from Oak Hill bedchamber

1800–01
Carving attributed to Samuel McIntire (American, 1757–1811)


Dimensions

measurements of opening: 36 3/8" x 57 1/2" depth: now 1 1/8", adjustable

Accession Number

22.808

On View

C. Kevin and G. Barrie Landry Gallery (Gallery 126)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Architectural elements

This mantel came from a bedroom in Oak Hill, the mansion built for Elizabeth Derby West in Danvers, Massachusetts. Daughter of the richest man in the United States, West spared no cost in decorating her new home, hiring McIntire to execute elaborate, coordinated designs for the door lintels, fireplace surrounds, and furniture. Three rooms from Oak Hill are on this level.

Provenance

Oak Hill, home of Elizabeth Derby West; to MFA, 1922, as part of the acquisition of the Oak Hill Rooms. Purchased by MFA, December 1922, with rest of Oak Hill interior elements for $14,472.70

Credit Line

Charles Amos Cummings Fund and Anonymous Gift