Clothier Estate - Pair - Antique Baby Bacchus & Baby Veritas
Garden Accents is honored and delighted to present these fabulous, historically rich garden antique & vintage elements from Sunnybrook, the Isaac H. Clothier, Jr estate which was located at 601 Matsonford Road in Villanova. Sunnybrook’s grounds which included a fantastic rose garden and pool were documented and registered with the Smithsonian.
These charming antique painted lead figures are very rare finds. For those of you who follow Roman mythology, you will no doubt cherish these whimsical pieces.
Lil Bacchus, the God of Wine & Viticulture, raises a chalice of wine to his mouth. Notice his head is adorned with grapes and leaves with wisps of curly hair peaking out from the apt headdress along with a bunches of grapes and leaves placed at his feet.
Lil Veritas, the Goddess of Truth, is often depicted holding a mirror and sometimes also with a halo. This charming piece is designed with what appears to be a headband fitted around her full wavy locks. The back of her mirror contains a beautiful simple floral design with border which she holds in one hand with the other firmly placed on her hip.
Isaac H. Clothier, Jr. (Nov 12, 1875 - April 27, 1961), was the son of Isaac Hallowell Clothier (Nov 5, 1837 - Jan 15, 1921). Isaac H. Clothier was the co-founder of Strawbridge & Clothier, the family owned major department store located at 8th and Market Streets in Philadelphia. The store was founded on July 1, 1868 and was sold to The May Company in 1996.
Mr. & Mrs. Isaac Clothier, Jr. developed the elaborate Sunnybrook estate originally built in 1813 on fifty-seven acres. They employed some of the best-known Philadelphia architectural firms of the day, including Horace Trumbauer and Eyre & McIlvaine to add to the house and buildings on the grounds of what became, in Clothier’s time, a 70-acre estate. The estate passed from the Clothier family sometime after Isaac Jr.’s passing in 1961.
These garden antiques from that estate continued to be cherished and came to us from the estate of Isaac H. Clothier IV who passed away at the age of 89 in Bryn Mawr in August of 2021. He was the great grandson of Isaac H. Clothier.