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Library Table

1936.302 (RS32650)

Description

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.

Details

Label
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.”
Maker
Gendrot, Felix A. (Maker)
Date
1865-1875
Material
marble (rock)
walnut (wood)
Object type
Furniture
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
library tables (writing tables)
marble (rock)
Table, Library
tables (support furniture)
walnut (wood)
Dimensions
30 3/4 x 45 1/8 x 29 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1936.302
Credit Line
Gift of Felix A. Gendrot
GUSN
190867

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