17th Century Flemish Still Life I
Pieter Casteels III 1684-1749
Oil on Canvas
Pieter Casteels III was born in Antwerp. He trained with his father, Pieter Casteels II, a painter who worked in Antwerp. In 1708, he left to join the vibrant London art scene. Flower paintings were extremely popular during the 1600’s in Northern Europe. Many Flemish artists painted them for their well-to-do clients to beautify their homes all year round and especially during the long dark winters. Floral Still Life paintings were valued for their realism, their aesthetic appeal, and decorative function.
These paintings came to the Woman’s National Democratic Club from the estate of Mrs. Florence (Daisy) Harriman, who was a co-founder of the WNDC.
Portrait of a Gentleman and Portrait of a Lady
Oil on Canvas, Early 19th Century
These paintings were found in the house when the WNDC purchased it in 1927. The last occupant of the house was Walter Wilcox. These portraits may have been left behind when he and his wife, Florence vacated the house in 1926 and then sold it to the Woman’s National Democratic Club. Experts from the National Portrait Gallery and other institutions tell us that these portraits were painted in the early 1820’s because of the sitter’s hairstyles and clothes. They may be attributed to a Philadelphia artist, Jacob Eichholtz, or possibly Bass Otis, who also worked mainly in Philadelphia. However, restoration of the paintings as recently as 2015 has not yielded any more clues about these portraits.
Long Case Clock
Signed “Sam Macham, London”
Walnut case with seaweed marquetry, glazed bonnet door above case with prospect door having an oval glass window, movement with silvered chapter ring.
Restored in 2013 by order of Nucchi Currier
Samuel Macham is often referred to as the Early Master of Time. He was a London clock and watch maker from 1690-1715 and his clocks and watches are in museums and sometimes come up in auctions. The center of the clock face has a second’s ring within as well as a date aperture. The walnut case has seaweed marquetry and finials on the top.
Bacchante and Infant Faun Replica
Frederick William MacMonnies
Frederick William MacMonnies (September 28, 1863 – March 22, 1937) was the best known expatriate American sculptor of the Beaux-Arts school, as successful and lauded in France as he was in the United States. He was also a highly accomplished painter and portraitist.
Bacchante and Infant Faun is MacMonnies’ second best-known sculpture. The life-size nude, depicting the joyous, fluid movement of a woman celebrating while holding an infant, was exhibited at the 1894 Paris Salon to great acclaim. MacMonnies gifted this original casting to his friend, architect Charles Follen McKim, whose firm was building Boston’s new public library in Copley Square. McKim offered Bacchante as a gift to the Boston Public Library (BPL) in 1896, to be placed in the fountain of the library’s courtyard. However, after a controversy with local religious groups, McKim withdrew the gift in May of 1897, to save the BPL further controversy. McKim gave the statue to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
The controversy regarding this gift gave MacMonnies and this sculpture a great deal of notoriety in the United States, allowing him to sell many reduced-size replicas. Copies of the Bacchante in bronze or marble of various sizes can now be found in the permanent collections of many museums in the United States and France.
Almost a century after the original controversy, the Boston Public Library reversed itself and commissioned its own bronze copy made from a copy of the casting that belonged to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. This replica is now displayed surrounded by a fountain in the garden courtyard of the BPL, as originally intended by the donor.
Girl in the Pink Gown
Oil on Paper, Pasted on Board
Not much is known about this painting. Upon restoration it was discovered that it is a painting on paper, glued to board. The frame is original to the painting.
Caroline Elise Jaffray Hurst
James Hamilton Shegogue
Oil on Canvas, 1847
This painting is a gift from the estate of Florence Jaffray (Daisy) Harriman ( 1870 – 1967), a founder of the Woman’s National Democratic Club. This painting is believed to be of her mother, Caroline Jaffray Hurst, as a young child. Caroline’s daughter Daisy was a social reformer who held important positions at local, state and national levels. She served as Minister to Norway (1937 – 1940). In 1963 she was awarded a special Citation of Merit and the Medal of Freedom by President John Kennedy.
Born in South Carolina, James Hamilton Shegogue, NA, became a prominent painter in New York City where he was elected an academician in the National Academy, an honorary association of American artists. He also made painting excursions to Europe. Shegogue’s work is held in the collections of the National Academy of Design, the National Gallery of Art, the Morris Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum.
Stewardship: The painting was recently restored by David L. Olin, chief conservator of Olin Conservation, Inc., Great Falls, Virginia, and a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation. Olin Conservation, Inc. serves both private and public clients, including numerous federal agencies and museums.
Caroline Elise Jaffray Hurst
Oil on Canvas, circa 1870
Caroline Eliza Hurst was wife of Francis William Jones Hurst and mother of Florence Jaffray “Daisy” Harriman. Daisy was one of the leaders of the suffragist movement and co-founded the Woman’s National Democratic Club. This painting was received from the estate of Daisy Harriman.
Late 18th/Early 19th Century
Sofa in Blair Room
Mahogany with carved shell front arms.
American, mid 19th Century
Portrait of Marjorie Merriweather Post
Mid 20th century, Oil on Canvas
Marjorie Merriweather Post (March 15, 1887 – September 12, 1978) was the sole heir of C. W. Post, founder of the Post Cereal Company. A shrewd business woman, she went on to be the founder of General Foods Corporation and was the wealthiest woman in the United States in her time.
Mrs. Post was a dedicated philanthropist. During World War I, she built the largest field hospital in France and during the depression, she opened and maintained an elegant soup kitchen for suffering families for six years.
She was politically active and was a great supporter of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She was a knowledgeable and avid collector of Russian and French decorative arts. These can be seen in her former Washington home, Hillwood Museum and Gardens.
Flower Decorated Silver Bowl
Silver. Diameter 22 ½ ”; silver weight: 183 oz.
Gift of Marjorie Merriweather Post
Lady Bird Johnson
Oil on Canvas, Late 20th Century
Donated by the ANA hotel in Washington, DC