Possibly made in Baltimore, Maryland, United States; Possibly made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Mahogany, satinwood, silver, copper, verre églomisé with yellow poplar, white pine, mahogany
65 1/2 x 89 x 31 in. (166.4 x 226.1 x 78.7 cm)
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest and Mitchel Taradash Gift, 1945
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 724
Unknown in American homes prior to the 1790s, the sideboard quickly became an essential component of the fashionable dining room. It provided space for the storage and display of expensive silver flatware, porcelain, and glassware used during the course of a meal. This massive and resplendent example with an accompanying knife box is a tour de force of early-nineteenth-century cabinetmaking. It includes a unique variety of ornament, from inlaid panels of mahogany veneer, marquetry, and silver-plated copper to verre églomisé, or reverse painting on glass on the panels flanking the central lunette.
David Van Ness, Red Hook, New York; his wife, Cornelia Heermance Van Ness, Red Hook, New York; their daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and William Radcliffe; their son and daughter-in-law, David and Maria (Gravaret) Van Ness Radcliffe; their daughter; her son, Radcliffe Heermance, Princeton, New Jersey, until 1945