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December 15, 2022

Mantle ewers were a popular decor item in the Victorian years between 1837 and 1901. Not a vase, the body is actually sealed. Ewers were placed atop a mantle on either side of a clock, and as one antique aficionado stated, "were designed. . . to be forever dry and dusty." This piece was collected by Alice Frederickson and owned by Sybil Locken. Very civic-minded, Sybil helped establish the Episcopal Church, organized the public library, and was involved in many organizations as chair and member. Her ewer is of metal, decorated with fish and a face that may be intended to be Poseidon's.


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