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Starfish Wardrobe

Late 19th century

81 x 94 in. (205.7 x 238.8 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: Deanery.455.a
W.208 (Wyndham No.)
Classification: Furnishings and Furniture; Furniture
Collection: Deanery Collection, Mary Garrett Collection
This large cabinet with carved starfish and rosette decoration was part of a bedroom set that belonged to Mary Elizabeth Garrett (1854-1915), an American suffragist and philanthropist. For many years Garrett was a generous patroness of numerous endeavors in women’s education, including Bryn Mawr College. As the partner of M. Carey Thomas, Garrett lived in the Deanery, which was partially furnished with articles she brought with her from Baltimore, such as this cabinet. Several other pieces throughout Wyndham also belong to this set and are recognizable by the same starfish and rosette design.

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  • Animalia - Kingdom containing multicellular organisms having cells bound by a plasma membrane and organized into tissue and specialized tissue systems that permit them to either move about in search of food or to draw food toward themselves. Unable to make their own food within themselves, as photosynthetic plants do, they rely on consuming preformed food. They possess a nervous system with sensory and motor nerves, enabling them to receive environmental stimuli and to respond with specialized movements.
  • Asteroidea - Members of a class of marine invertebrates having a flattened body that typically has five or more rays or arms radiating from a central disk, each bearing hundreds of tiny suction feet on the underside. Although adults have superficially radial symmetry, larval pluteus forms and other evidence suggests that their evolutionary ancestors had bilateral symmetry.
  • cherry - General term referring to wood of several species of the genus Prunus native to Asia, Europe, and North America. The close, even-grain wood is strong and smells like roses when freshly cut. It is brownish to light red in color but darkens on exposure. Cherry wood takes a high polish and is valued for instrument cases, furniture, veneers, cabinetry, turnery, and decorative items. It was formerly used for airplane propellers.
  • wardrobes - Large upright pieces of furniture fitted with hooks, pegs, or rods, used for hanging clothes, generally with two large doors and perhaps a drawer or drawers below. Although there may be a shelf in a wardrobe, the term is typically distinct from "clothes presses," in which clothes are stored exclusively on shelves rather than hanging.

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