Double Portrait of Sisters

Double Portrait of Sisters


Our new Matriarchs collection is a dream come true for me. I've always wanted to honor the brave woman who came before me, and who forged previously unimagedable paths for themselves and others. It is because of these forebearers that I am the woman I am today.

    This under-glass decoupage glass tray measures 5 x 8." Please see our "Details" section for more information on the construction, and care of our catch-all trays.
     This tintype circa 1890, was colored by hand, as so often was the fashion of the day. I deliberately kept the overexposure of yellow. I thought it striking striking. Their neoclassical poses, and myriad of signs and signifiers in this portrait reveal their class status and, perhaps a glimpse of their inner lives. Fascinating. ⠀⠀
    So many women of color of their era did not have the privilege of documenting their time on earth. I like to think of these two young women as limitless.


Full description from source: “Full length double portrait, two ladies holding hands, one standing and dark dress, one seated with arm on table in light dress tintype, sixth plate.” — Library of Congress
   This design can be custom ordered in other sizes; please send us an email if interested.

     In the potichomania process, the glass acts as both a foundation and protective finish, saving the step of varnishing. The original intent was to recreate Greek and Etruscan vases by simulating rare and expensive Sevrés porcelain.

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  • Details

    This tray measures approximately 5x8 inches. The relative thinness of the tray – just over 1/8” thick – belies the complexity of the potichomania process. Each of our trays is comprised of a glass tray, three layers of 28# paper, four coatings of varnish, and finished with two coats, each of paint and clear acrylic spray. We’ve added a high-quality felt pad on the bottom in order to protect your home surfaces.a

    Care: Please spray with a gentle glass cleanser and wipe clean. Do not submerge in water. For decorative purposes only.

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