Eva Williams

Eva Williams


"Eva Williams, 1901" Photography by Joseph Pennell Vintage Pictures.


This is one of personal favorites of the new collection. I am struck by her beauty and regal nature. So many women of color of her era did not have the privilege of documenting their time on earth.


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 unimagable paths for themselves and others. It is because of these fore-mothers that I am the woman I am today.
    This under-glass decoupage oval glass tray measures 5 x 7."
Please see our "Details" section for more information on the construction, and care of our catch-all trays.

Fascinated by François Gouraud’s demonstrations in Boston of Daguerre’s new invention, Albert Sands Southworth (1811–1894), a pharmacist in Cabotville (now Chicopee), Massachusetts, went to New York in 1840 to study the technique with Samuel F. B. Morse (1791–1872), who had learned about photography from Daguerre himself. Within a year, Southworth had opened a daguerreotype studio in Boston with Morse’s assistant, Joseph Pennell, who had been Southworth’s roommate in preparatory school. When Pennell left the firm in 1843, Josiah Johnson Hawes (1808–1901) took his place, and the celebrated nineteen-year partnership of Southworth and Hawes was born. The firm was known around the world for its aesthetic accomplishments and technical finesse. The Boston partnership produced among the finest portrait daguerreotypes in America for leading political, intellectual, and artistic figures, from Daniel Webster to Harriet Beecher Stowe —Department of Photographs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

     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 oval tray measures approximately 5x7" 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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