Masonic Sash, c. 1845-1850
This sash originally belonged to Leonce Rabillon (1814-1886). Born in France, he immigrated to the United States in 1854 and settled in Baltimore, where he took a position teaching languages at Johns Hopkins University. Following his father, Pierre-Paul Rabillon (1773-?), he was also an artist. He is best known as a sculptor, and he made portraits of John P. Kennedy (1795-1870), George Peabody (1795-1869), and Joseph Jefferson (1829-1905), and a medal of Mary Frick Garrett Jacobs (1851-1936). Perhaps more important than his art was his role as an expert advising collectors in Baltimore, making frequent trips to Europe to select works of art for his clients. His Masonic affiliations are unknown.