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Historical Plaque from the Schieren Building, Cliff and Ferry Streets, NYC

American Art

ARTIST Unknown
CULTURE American
DATES 1905
DIMENSIONS 24 7/8 x 75 x 1 1/2 in. (63.2 x 190.5 x 3.8 cm)
SIGNATURE Incised in lower right corner: "THEODORE E ETAR[ ... ]"; remainder of mark worn away
CREDIT LINE Gift of New York City Department of Real Estate
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Large rectangular plaque with commemorate legend, flanked by bas relief scenes of leather tanners at work: at left, bearded workman scraping hide with a knife, stands in front of window, accoutrements hanging on wall; at right, workman stirring hide in tanning vat with long pole, stands on plank placed over vat, basket on edge. Legend reads: 'THE / SCHIEREN BUILDING / ERECTED 1905 / THIS SITE, A PART OF THE HISTORIC / "OLD SWAMP" / FORMERLY THE NORTHERNMOST BOUNDARY OF THE CITY, / AND LARGELY DEVOTED TO TANNERIES, HAS BEEN OCCUPIED / FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY BY THE / HIDE AND LEATHER TRADES / IN EXCAVATING FOR THIS BUILDING OLD TAN VATS WERE FOUND IN A GOOD STATE / OF PRESERVATION, CONTAINING TAN BARK OVER ONE HUNDRED YEARS OLD.' Condition: Fair; allover light green patina, many rust stains.
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