P.P. Caproni and Brother - Charles Martin Loeffler's Hand, 1914

P.P. Caproni and Brother (active Boston and New York, 1892 - 1927)

Charles Martin Loeffler's Hand, 1914

Plaster, 18 x 20 x 30 cm (7 1/16 x 7 7/8 x 11 13/16 in.) overall


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Gift from composer and violinist, Charles Martin Loeffler (1861-1935) and inventor, Mabel Hunt Slater (1864-1942) to Isabella Stewart Gardner in December 1914.


Inscribed on base: © Mrs H.N. Slater 1914

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Composer-violinist Charles Martin Loeffler was one of Isabella Stewart Gardner’s closest friends. With Gardner as his patron, Loeffler built a steady career within Boston’s musical community. When Gardner completed her museum, Loeffler used its Music Room to debut “Pagan Poem,” one of his most important compositions. Casts of famous people’s faces and hands were popular mementos in the 19th century, and Loeffler and his friend Mabel Hunt Slater gave the cast to Gardner as Christmas present in 1914.


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