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1915

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1916

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Rialto Bridge Birdcage

This is a Birdcage. We acquired it in 1916. Its medium is painted wood, bent metal wire, metal. 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 featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled An exuberant birdcage.

This object was donated by Eleanor Garnier Hewitt and Sarah Cooper Hewitt.

Cite this object as

Rialto Bridge Birdcage; Previously owned by Alexander Wilson Drake (American, 1843-1916); Italy; painted wood, bent metal wire, metal; 1916-19-14

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

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