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 unbelievable paths for themselves and others. It is because of these forebearers that I am the woman I am today.
Three Black Women, 6x10" under-glass catch-all tray, with gold leaf applied on the portrait. This tray is also available as a 5x8" size. See below for options.
I so wish that I had more information (I spend hours researching it) on these regal women — but this hand-colored tintype is a rariety. Black women simply did not have the same resources for, access to, or time for portraiture. I am thankful that this image exists, if only to honor their memory. My forebearers — my matriarchs.
Hand-colored tintype portrait of three unidentified African-American women, c. 1856. Source: Harvard Library.
Please see our "Details" section for more information on the construction, and care of our catch-all trays.
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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