Theodore Allen (1800-1850)
Wood, shell cameo, gold, silver, velvet, and glass
Overall: 2 1/8 x 1 1/2 x 1/2 in. ( 5.4 x 3.8 x 1.3 cm )
Bas-relief portrait: Cameo is housed in wooden arch-shaped case beneath glass and against aquamarine velvet; the case opens with two hinged doors carved with interlocking scrolling vines, with a medallion at the center as a handle (attached to one door only).
Gift of Mr. Jonathan Sturges
engraved: silver plate on back of housing reads: "Theodore Allen was the son in law of Luman Reed, The founder of this gallery, and was largely instrumental in collecting the works of Art contained therein".
engraved: on silver strip below cameo: "Theodore Allen"
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