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Plateau

Maker:
John W. Forbes (1781–1864)
Date:
ca. 1825
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver, glass with walnut
Dimensions:
8 5/16 × 25 × 65 in., 21999.5g (21.1 × 63.5 × 165.1 cm, 707.306 oz.)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, The AE Fund, Annette de la Renta, The Annenberg Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Goelet, John J. Weber, Dr. and Mrs. Burton P. Fabricand, The Hascoe Family Foundation, Peter G. Terian, and Erving and Joyce Wolf Gifts, and Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1993
Accession Number:
1993.167
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 723
In the early nineteenth century, it was the height of fashion to decorate the center of the dining table with a large, mirrored plateau designed to hold ornaments or accessories of service. This splendid example is one of only two such American plateaux known—both marked by Forbes and similar in design.
Marking: marked on lower edge of both sides of one end section and the center section: I.W.FORBES (in rectangle); four pseudo hallmarks in ovals [anchor] [5 pointed star] [profile of man's head facing right] ["C"]
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