Continental Renaissance Revival Commode, c. 1800. Oak with one drawer over five-drawer cabinet, burl rosewood veneer and rouge marble top.
|Collection||3D - Furniture|
|Title||Continental Renaissance Revival Commode, c. 1800|
|Provenance||From the early generations of the George Howard (Agness' 2nd husband) Family.|
"George H. Howard, second husband of Agnes
Portrait of George H. Howard
George Henry Howard (1826-1878)
On Saturday, October 17, 1857, George Henry Howard married Agnes Poett Howard, the widow of his older brother W.D.M., in a 9 a.m. ceremony. The couple went to Napa Springs for their honeymoon. W.D.M. had been dead for less than two years.
Whereas W.D.M. and Agnes were separated by 14 years of age, W.D.M.’s brother George was only six years older than Agnes. He, too, had already lost a spouse, so it was a second marriage for both of them. Although the marriage was widely viewed at the time as a “marriage of convenience,” it lasted 21 years—until George’s death in 1878—and resulted in Agnes giving birth to four additional children.
During their marriage, George was engaged in a number of business interests—managing the real estate and other business interests that his brother had created, importing and breeding cattle, and serving on the boards of several companies. The Howards also traveled. In 1862, while Civil War raged in the United States, the Daily Alta newspaper reported Mr. and Mrs. George H. Howard in Paris, where they were being presented to Emperor Napoleon III and his wife, Eugenie.
Historians differ as to whether W.D.M. or George was the person who imported to California the pre-fabricated gingerbread wooden home that was erected on Rancho San Mateo. The most likely scenario is that W.D.M. may have had a small cottage on the San Mateo property and that George and Agnes added to it later. The home was named El Cerrito because it sat near a high mound (near modern-day El Cerrito Avenue). It became a primary residence for George and Agnes Howard beginning around 1864—not long after train service began between San Francisco and San Jose, with a stop in San Mateo."
|Dimensions||H-36 W-19.5 D-19 inches|
Howard, Agnes Poett
Howard, Agnes Poett