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Rialto Bridge Birdcage, late 19th–early 20th century

This is a Birdcage. It is dated late 19th–early 20th century and we acquired it in 1916. Its medium is painted wood, bent metal wire, metal. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

When the Hewitt sisters travelled to Europe in pursuit of objects for the museum they were creating (see photo of Sarah, Eleanor, and Amy Hewitt in a Venetian gondola), they collected items that, today, might not seem immediately relevant to a design museum—like birdcages. The European-focused Hewitt sisters acquired birdcages in various media, such as ceramics and glass. Others represent specific architecture from various locations.

This object was donated by Eleanor Garnier Hewitt and Sarah Cooper Hewitt. It is credited Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 47.6 x 85.7 x 35.6 cm (18 3/4 x 33 3/4 x 14 in.)

Cite this object as

Rialto Bridge Birdcage, late 19th–early 20th century. painted wood, bent metal wire, metal. Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt. 1916-19-14.

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