Maritime Battle Scene Reverse Painting

Object Name: 
Maritime Battle Scene Reverse Painting

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Object Name: 
Maritime Battle Scene Reverse Painting
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
91.2.9
Dimensions: 
Overall Diam: 12 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
about 1800
Credit Line: 
Gift of Sibyll Kummer-Rothenhausler
Primary Description: 
Colorless non-lead glass, blown, probably sagged; wood, paper, cardboard. Domed, circular shape, of thin sheet glass; maritime battle scene of two ships painted on the reverse, one (in the foreground) flying British flags, firing on another with tattered sails and a blue-and-white pennant, with painted waves and pieces of sails floating in the foreground; framed by a white and gold border with formal gold foliate sprays at top and bottom, within a second narrow black and gold border decorated with gold stars alternating with gold dots, and inscribed "NELSON'S VICTORY OF THE NILE" in gold at the top; plain outer border of pale green paint; domed glass mounted over a painted background depicting additional warships, one ablaze, the other smoking, with dark gray clouds overhead; within a dark red-brown turned wood frame; cardboard backing, held with masking tape; brass wire loop hanger.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Kummer-Rothenhausler, Sibyll, Former Collection
1991-10-15
Color: 
Inscription: 
NELSON'S VICTORY OF THE NILE
Inscription
inscribed on a black and gold border at the top
A Touch of Glass
Venue(s)
Explorers Hall, National Geographic Society 1995-02-15 through 1995-09-15