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

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(active Boston and New York, 1892 - 1927)

Object details

Accession number

U1w15

Creators

Full title

Charles Martin Loeffler's Hand

Creation Date

1914

Provenance


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

Marks

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

Dimensions

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

Display Media

Plaster

Web Commentary

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.

Permanent Gallery Location

Yellow Room


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Commentary

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.