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Box, Needlework

Heart-shaped poplarware box, Mount Lebanon, NY

ca. 1875-1900

Object ID:
1993.2.20
Community:
New York, Mount Lebanon
Makers
Neale, Emma Jane (1843-1943)
Description

Woven poplar box, reminiscent of heart, with lid. Lid, bottom, and top edges are lined with a white adhesive paper that has raised circles. Lid has a royal blue border 1/8" w. Proper right side of lid has circular woven basket about 1 7/8" in diameter. Proper left side of lid has eight-segmented dark blue velvet pincushion. Below these two items, mid-way between, is a woven poplar "purse-shaped" needle case with red and cream felt for needle storage. Lined with textured, cream-colored paper. Bottom covered with blue paper.

Notes

Attributed to Sister Emma J. Neale of the Church Family, Mount Lebanon. Sister Emma was known to have made these boxes for sale. According to Jerry Grant, Director of Research and Collections, the heart-shaped box is an extremely rare form; there are fewer than six known examples. In addition to the finished box, the Museum also holds the wood forms and pre-cut bottoms used to make them. See this blog post for more information: https://shakerml.org/why-did-the-shakers-switch-from-palm-leaf-to-poplar/

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Shane Rothe

Curatorial Associate

Shane Rothe (they/them) joined Shaker Museum in July 2023, working with independent curator Maggie Taft on an exhibition for the new museum space in Chatham. Shane is an artist as well as a curator and continues to create in the mediums of painting, sculpture, writing, and performance. Shane holds a BFA from CalArts and an MA in art history and curatorial studies from the University of Chicago.