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Birdcage Birdcage

This is a birdcage. It is dated 1750–1800 and we acquired it in 1916. Its medium is tin-glazed earthenware, 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 donated by Eleanor Garnier Hewitt and Sarah Cooper Hewitt. It is credited Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.

  • Fish Trap (Papua New Guinea)
  • plaited rattan, sago-palm ribs, cane.
  • Transferred from the US Department of Agriculture and Dr. E. W. Brandes,....
  • 15.2012.16
  • Teapot And Lid (England)
  • tin-glazed earthenware with transfer-printed decoration.
  • Gift of Eleanor Garnier Hewitt.
  • 1931-40-44-a,b

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 26.7 x 22.3 x 14.6 cm (10 1/2 x 8 3/4 x 5 3/4 in.)

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Birdcage Birdcage; Netherlands; tin-glazed earthenware, metal wire, metal; H x W x D: 26.7 x 22.3 x 14.6 cm (10 1/2 x 8 3/4 x 5 3/4 in.); Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt; 1916-19-60-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Sarah & Eleanor Hewitt: Designing a Modern Museum and Hewitt Sisters Collect.

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