Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Card Table

Maker:
Probably Henry Connelly (1770–1826)
Date:
1815–20
Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, maple, pine
Dimensions:
28 3/4 x 36 3/8 x 35 7/8 in. (73 x 92.4 x 91.1 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Fred F. Rogers, Jr., 1965
Accession Number:
65.142
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 731
The attribution of this card table is based on its similarity to a pair of tables Henry Connelly made for the prominent Philadelphia banker and philanthropist Stephen Girard in 1817. All are distinguished by their elegant proportions, shimmering mahogany surfaces, and fine carving. Dolphins--popular French-inspired motifs in both New York and Philadelphia furniture during the early decades of the nineteenth century--here grace a lyre-shaped central support. Although lyre motifs are common features in furniture designs during this period, it is rare to find one combined with or formed by whimsical creatures. The result is a striking and highly original composition, enlivened by the dolphins’ sinuous scaled bodies and interlaced tails.
Fred F. Rogers Jr., Essex Falls, New Jersey, until 1965
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