Renaissance Revival Letter Box by Marshall Cutler

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Renaissance Revival Letter Box by Marshall Cutler

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This Italian Renaissance Revival letter box is in superb condition, with high quality carving and retaining the original paint. The back centers a portcullis surmounted by a stylised knight's helmet and flanked by dragon-like creatures; the front lower section centering  a shield with a fleur-de-lis flanked by stylised shields as well.

Italian - Circa 1910

10 x 14 x 5 1/4 inches

 

Marshall Cutler (1856- ? ) is an interesting fellow.  Graduating from Harvard in 1877 he initially pursued a career at law, but seems not to have practiced for long and worked in chemical manufacturing in Medford before becoming more interested in stained glass window construction. Moving to Florence in 1889 he was initially an exporter of works of art before turning to manufacturing fine artistic furniture.  The firm showed at the Paris Exposition in 1900 where it was awarded a silver medal. This followed with another in Turin, where they were awarded a old medal. They went on to show at the Expositions in St. Louis, 1904, Milan, 1906, Brussels, 1910 and finally at the Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco in 1915 where the highest award, the Grand Prix,  was presented to the firm for furnishing the entire Italian exhibit.  Privately he collected textiles and samplers and his collection of over 110,000 textiles was donated by his Grandson to the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1980.

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