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American Decorative Arts
Modeler: Isaac Broome, American, born Quebec, 1835–1904
Manufacturer: Ott and Brewer, American, 1871–1893
Subject: George Washington, American, 1732–1799, LL.D. 1781

Bust of George Washington

ca. 1876

Hard-paste porcelain

10 × 7 1/2 in. (25.4 × 19.1 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1931.1789
Ott and Brewer was a prominent manufacturer of high-end art porcelain. For its display at the Centennial International Exhibition held in Philadelphia in 1876, the company commissioned the sculptor Isaac Broome to create a series of decorative vases and portrait busts. The busts featured prominent figures in American history, ranging from the sitting president, Ulysses S. Grant, to Founding Fathers like George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. Versions of the busts, like this example, could be purchased by fairgoers as luxurious souvenirs and demonstrations of patriotism inspired by the nation’s centennial.
Geography: 
Made in Trenton, New Jersey
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Dr. Edwin AtLee Barber (1851–1916), Philadelphia; consigned by his estate to Samuel T. Freeman and Company, Philadelphia, December 10–11, 1917, lot 335; sold to Francis P. Garvan, New York; given to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1931

Bibliography: 

Samuel T. Freeman and Co., Philadelphia, Pa., The Collection of the Late Edwin AtLee Barber, A.M., Ph.D., sale cat. (1917), 60, lot 335.

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