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Marble-slab table

Date:
1765–70
Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, marble, black walnut, yellow pine
Dimensions:
32 3/8 x 48 1/4 x 23 1/4 in. (82.2 x 122.6 x 59.1 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
18.110.27a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 719
This is probably one of the two “marble slabs” purchased by General John Cadwalader (1742–1786) at an auction in 1769 for use in his house on Second Street, which he furnished with an ornateness unparalleled elsewhere in Philadelphia. In their plasticity, the unbroken serpentine curves of the legs and skirt rail are fully in the spirit of the French Rococo. However, the brilliant naturalistic carving is purely English, probably the work of a London-trained carver just arrived in Philadelphia.
John Cadwalader, Philadelphia, by 1771–died 1786; his son, Thomas Cadwalader, Philadelphia, 1786–died 1841; Judge John Cadwalader, Philadelphia, 1841–died 1879; Dr. Charles E. Cadwalader, died 1907; David and Harvey's Art Gallery; James Curran, Philadelphia; George S. Palmer, New London, Connecticut, until 1918
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