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Sign for Warner's Hotel
1836
Paint on pine board and moldings, smalt, gold leaf, copper leaf, iron hardware
Primary Dimensions (height x width including hardware): 42 3/8 x 61in. (107.6 x 154.9cm) Other (height x width of sign only): 36 x 60 1/8in. (91.4 x 152.7cm)
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Gallery Copy: Unlike most of Rice’s other signs, this one has no picture to catch the eye of passers-by. The bold colors and lettering, however, make it stand out, as does the use of ‘smalt’, coarsely-ground glass particles embedded in the paint to give the surface of the sign a bit of sparkle.
Description: Images: None. Text: On both sides, inside top of oval outline, "WARNER'S" over "SMITH'S"; inside bottom of oval outline, "HOTEL"; centered in oval outline, "1836." Construction: Two boards, grain oriented horizontally. Signboard is set within channels of applied moldings, mitered at corners, and nailed to outer edges of boards (moldings are not contoured to allow movement, the usual Rice practice). Original hanging hardware wraps around top and bottom.
Surface notes: Lettering was laid out within scribed guide lines. Coarsely ground iron oxide was used to create the sparkly effect in the black areas. Both sides were overpainted at some time, evidently replicating the original design.
Inscription: On both sides, inside top of oval outline, "WARNER'S" over "SMITH'S"; inside bottom of oval outline, "HOTEL"; centered in oval outline, "1836."
Object Number: 1998.77.0
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