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Birdcage (Italy), 19th century

This is a Birdcage. It is dated 19th century and we acquired it in 1916. Its medium is glass, silver-plated metal, metal, gilt wood. 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 Sarah Cooper Hewitt and Eleanor Garnier Hewitt. It is credited Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 85 x 25.5 x 30cm (33 7/16 x 10 1/16 x 11 13/16in.)

Cite this object as

Birdcage (Italy), 19th century; Previously owned by Alexander Wilson Drake (American, 1843-1916); glass, silver-plated metal, metal, gilt wood; H x W x D: 85 x 25.5 x 30cm (33 7/16 x 10 1/16 x 11 13/16in.); Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt; 1916-19-92-a/g

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Hewitt Sisters Collect.

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