Library table. Marble inset, walnut, ebonized walnut, and Circassian walnut trim outlined in gilt. Rectangular table top has varicolored Italian marble inlay in patterns such as rectangle with cavetto corners, a black marble oval outlined by a varicolored sunburst and patterns of varicolored marble squares within a black marble rectangular frame. Table skirt features rectangular circassian walnut panels framed by gilt trim. Skirt's central carved pendant flanked by carved scrolled acanthus leaves. It features a high-relief dart-shaped catouche which surmounts a triglyph flanked by volute scrolls, a flower drop, and a background of paterae. Columnar legs with rectilinear turnings, carved fluted half paterae, and square Circassian walnut panels framed by gilt trim. Stretchers feature a central carved sculptural vase with rectangular gilt-framed circassian walnut panels. Piece rests on casters.
This table reflects the ebullience of America as the nation approached its centennial-brash, loud, optimistic, proud, rich. The table's style represents the peak of Victorian design; it was variously called Renaissance, Louis XVI, and Neo-Grec in its day and has come to be known as Renaissance revival. Furniture made in the Renaissance revival style was, as one historian has put it, self-consciously intimidating in its richness. Made with expensive materials and costly workmanship, this is the very height of conspicuous consumption.
Gendrot, Felix A. (Maker)
- Object type
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
- Descriptive terms
library tables (writing tables)
tables (support furniture)
- 30 3/4 x 45 1/8 x 29 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
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- Credit Line
- Gift of Felix A. Gendrot