"Jenny Lind" Trivet

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Cast trivet with symmetrical scroll border and scrolled-heart handle on three thick peg legs. Design depicts a woman or goddess playing a lyre in diaphonous, flowing dress with her hair down; "JENNY LIND" is cast in below. Small circular depression on underside just above where handle meets body. Possible traces of a sprue mark on outside of proper right bottom scroll. No other marks.
Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind (1820-1887), popularly known as the "Swedish Nightingale", toured the United States to enormous success from September 1850 to May 1852. P.T. Barnum served as her concert manager until 1851. He capitalized on her singing talents as well as her philanthropy (she donated her profits to charity, including free schools in Sweden), making her an overnight sensation and creating a national craze even before she arrived in America.
Currently not on view
date made
1850 - 1900
place made
United States
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
overall: 1 1/2 in x 10 1/4 in x 4 3/4 in; 3.81 cm x 26.035 cm x 12.065 cm
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catalog number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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