92 3/4 x 71 3/4 x 25 5/8 in. (235.6 x 182.2 x 65.1 cm)
Purchase, Friends of the American Wing Fund and David Schwartz Foundation Inc. Gift, 1993
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 736
This sideboard by Aleander Roux is an "etagere" type, with an upper structure of shelves meant for the display of dining ware. Sometimes dubbed "the altar of gastronomy," the form became popular in America and Eurpoe about 1850 and remained a prominent feature of dining rooms for the next quarter century. Hunt and harvest themes prevailed. Roux displayed the prototype for this piece at the 1853 Crystal Palace Exhibition in New York. Afterward, he was commissioned to make a pair of related sideboards for the Astor family--this one and its mate, which is at the Newark Museum.