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Three Women

Three Women


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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  • Details

    This tray measures approximately 6x10 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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