An Important Painted Federal-period Weather-House
An Important Painted Federal-period Weather-House
An Important Painted Federal-period Weather-House

An Important Painted Federal-period Weather-House

1820 Mass. U.S.A.

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A painted Federal-period hygrometric architectural weather-house (with provenance) Having tall chimney stacks and balustraded roof surmounted with urns. Which has within the two principle arches to its fa├žade, male and female peg-doll figures indicating levels of humidity, the male figure prominent when it is damp and the female when it is dry. The house in untouched original condition, with a clock cartouche in the Dutch style which secludes its hygrometric adjustment mechanism housing, which retains its original detachable painted adjusting finial.
The exterior of the house is entirely painted, including brickwork, masonry, stringing, quoined corners and window casements the windows themselves glazed with glass. To the rear of the house there is a full-hight door also painted but now faded to a lovely duck-egg blue, which retains its original chamfered brass 'H' hinges. This opens to reveal a ground floor, itself decorated in a chequered pattern ( indicating a further reminiscence of its Dutch ancestry ) This interior has two elevated floors. The top, obviously set aside as servants quarters as it doesn't have 'fancy-wallpaper' as opposed to the ground and first floors which do. Separating these upper floors are two withdrawing papered panels to each, which are about 1" apart. So when in place there are four upper rooms and one ground floor room.
Fantastic untouched condition
This remarkable 'Weather-House' has been in continuous ownership by the same family since the 19th century. It has a label pasted to its backboards from Harvey Nichols depository in Bournemouth stamped with the name 'Tanner.' Pasted to one side of the house is a smaller earlier inventory label with name 'Chas John Tanner' written in Indian ink. The family is lately from Ledbury, Herefordshire.
Height 25.00 inch (63.50 cm)
Width 17.00 inch (43.18 cm)
A combination of woods with painted decoration.
P.O.Box 2601

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