• My Account
  • About
  • Contact Us
  • Donate
  • Keep in Touch
  • 0

Fri Ext. Hours - Open 10-9

  • Tickets
  • Membership
  • Directions
  • Exhibitions
  • Calendar
  • Visitor Info
  • Contact Us
    Advanced Search
    Back to Collection
    View Larger

    Artist Name:

    Unknown Artist




    ca. 1830


    Painted yellow pine


    55 3/4 x 86 1/2 inches

    Credit Line:

    Purchase with funds from the Decorative Arts Endowment

    Accession Number:


    On View - Stent Family Wing, Third Level, Gallery 304
    This mantel came from the home of a descendant of one of the first Moravian settlers in Salem, North Carolina. It is decorated with painted marbling, achieved by the painter’s application of subtle variations in patterns—a technique that provided a less costly way to produce the effect of the expensive stone. Before the Civil War, paints had to be prepared as needed by a difficult, often dangerous, and complicated process that was closely guarded by professionals. Thus this mantel was probably painted by one of the itinerant decorative painters who traveled the around country looking for work rather than by an amateur.

    Reproduction of digital images, including downloading, is governed by copyright laws and international conventions. Please contact the Images and Rights Coordinator for information concerning permissions or to request digital photography of works in the High's collection.

    Please Note: Not all permanent collection works are currently on view. Please contact the Museum concerning the on view status for a specific work if required.

    Nope ×
    Close ×
    Close ×
    Answer one question. Improve our website.

    Today, I’m visiting the High's website:

    Done. Thank you!

    What is this?

    We’re always looking for ways to improve our site, so we want to know why you’re here and how we can help you find the information you need. For specific questions or comments about our website or this survey, please contact us. Thanks for your help!