Library Table

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1865-1875

GUSN

GUSN-190867

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

Descriptive Terms

library tables (writing tables)
tables (support furniture)
walnut (wood)
marble (rock)
Table, Library

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)

Object Type

Furniture

Dimensions

30 3/4 x 45 1/8 x 29 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Felix A. Gendrot

Accession Number

1936.302

Places

Massachusetts (United States)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)