Sunday, August 25, 2013

Maymont Acquires Silver Bowl Owned by Dooleys

A silver fruit bowl that was a family heirloom when James and Sallie Dooley built Maymont in 1893 has been added to the museum collection. The bowl was produced between 1850 and 1860 by Philadelphia silversmith Peter L. Krider and sold in Richmond by Mitchell & Tyler, which was the jewelry company catering to Richmond's elites before the Civil War. According to family tradition, John and Sarah Dooley acquired the bowl and gave it to their son, James. It is an indicator of the prosperity of the Dooley family prior to the Civil War. The bowl will be on display this summer in the Maymont Mansion dining room. Maymont purchased the bowl from a Dooley family descendant; Krider pieces generally range in value from $5000 to $8000. James and Sallie Dooley left their estate and a collection of about 1000 original furnishings and works of art to the City of Richmond in 1925. Since 1975, the Maymont Foundation has acquired nearly 100 additional Dooley-owned objects for the collection. For additional information on Maymont, visit www.maymont.org. Maymont is just a short drive from Maury Place at Monument.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument