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Wicker, velvet
47 in. (119.4 cm)
Base: 12 in. (30.5 cm)
Top: 10 in. (25.4 cm)
Church decorations
Early twentieth century
Wicker lecturn with a conical base and an angled top covered in red velvet.
Label Text:
Lecterns were used when reading scriptures, lectures, sermons, and ceremonies while standing. They include a slanted top affixed to a pedestal or support. Furnishings and accessories made of wicker were extremely popular from the 1850s to the early 1900s. Lecterns such as this might appear in a church or used for a ceremony such as wedding in the home or garden. Florists kept a supply of wicker objects on hand to lend, rent, or sell to their customers to create elaborate settings in the homes or gardens for weddings, parties, balls, and holiday celebrations. Wicker is woven of rattan, willow, bamboo, or other imported local grasses over hard wood or iron frames. Flowers and foliage were often intertwined to create a more festive display.
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Credit Line:
Smithsonian Gardens, Horticultural Artifacts Collection. Gift of Frances Jones Poetker.
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Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian Gardens