"Palace of Electricity, St. Louis World's Fair"

James E. Blake Co.1904

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
New York, United States

Oblong, with ornate curved sides, cinched where lid meets box body, featuring raised horizontal decoration depicting large pavillion-like building, inscribed "St. Louis 1904" above architectural rendering, and "Palace of Electricity" below. Inscribed on lid, and legible when box is turned long side up is "World's Fair", all decoration framed by winding, sinuous, fabric-like band that wraps around perimeter of box. Reverse features raised decoration of woman, seated in garden setting, dressed in long, Classical-style garment, drying her hair, probably based on figure of Venus, behind her is statue of a similar theme, all framed by c-curves and counter-curves. Lid hinged on upper, long side. Striker on bottom.


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