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Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Household Accessories

A gilded metal rectangular holder for a box of wooden matches has a repoussé satyr mask on each of the two solid sides. (Repoussé is a metal-working technique in which low-relief ornament is achieved by careful hammering from behind.) The two short sides are open to allow access to the strikers on a match box. The holder is supported above the center of a square ash tray on a short brass baluster-shaped standard ornamented with acanthus leaves.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1859
Artist/Maker: Winslow Homer
Classification: Prints

Winslow Homer is revered today both for the powerful and dramatic images he created as well as for his enormous technical skill in watercolor and oil. But it was another medium, engraving, in which the artist first revealed his talents.

Collection: Estate Archives
Date: circa 1920
Artist/Maker: Thomas Sears
Classification: Photographs

South facade with side view of porte cochere. Includes two automobiles with man standing beside car in distance and unidentified child at front entrance.

Collection: American Art
Date: circa 1964
Artist/Maker: Fairfield Porter
Classification: Paintings

For centuries, Maine, with its rugged coastlines and equally craggy people, has attracted artists, and it continues to do so today. The Wyeths, John Marin, Marsden Hartley, Fairfield Porter, Robert Indiana, and countless others have found their way to its shores. Porter’s affiliation with the state began as a child, when his father acquired Great Spruce Head Island, in Penobscot Bay, and built a twelve-bedroom house for family and friends.