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Beekman family coat of arms

Object Number: 
1962.63
Date: 
1760-1770
Medium: 
Wood, paint, gilding
Dimensions: 
Overall: 21 1/4 x 15 x 3 1/2 in. ( 54 x 38.1 x 8.9 cm )
Marks: 
ink inscription: on note glued to reverse: "Family tradition is authority for this wooden Coat of Arms having descended from James Beekman married to Jane Ketteltas and owner of Mount Pleasant his country seat on the East River between 49th and 51st Stree
Description: 
Carved wooden coat of arms with paint and gilding; central shield with a wavy bend between two roses and a bird's head; helmet atop shield with crest of two wings in flight; foliate rococo carving surrounds shield; all surfaces painted or gilded.
Gallery Label: 
This coat of arms is said to have hung in the parlor of Mount Pleasant, James Beekman's country house on the East River near 51st Street, built ca. 1763. It may have hung on the chimneybreast now in the Historical Society's collection (1874.8). A complete transcription of the manuscript label on the reverse of the arms is located in the object file.
Credit Line: 
Permanent Loan from the Beekman Family Association
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group