Rug

Object Number: 
1937.976
Date: 
1860-1880
Medium: 
Wool, cotton, burlap
Dimensions: 
Overall: 39 x 71 x 1/2 in. ( 99.1 x 180.3 x 1.3 cm )
Description: 
Rectangular mixed fiber hooked rug with burlap foundation; reclining lion in desert landscape in rectangular frame at center, facing a smaller, standing lion on its proper left; rectangular border surrounding outer edge, with inner frame composed of alternating blue and black diagonal bars; burlap backing covering central rectangle.
Gallery Label: 
The accession records suggest that this rug may have been designed by Edward S. Frost between 1864 and 1876 (citation: W. W. Kent, "Rare Hooked Rugs," p. 177). If so, this rug is not unique. By 1870, Edward Sands Frost, a tin peddler from Biddleford, Maine, was selling burlap for hooked rugs with his designs pre-printed in color by means of metal stencils (see Helen Comstock, ed., "The Concise Encyclopedia of American Antiques," New York, 1958, vol. 1, p. 212).
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group