This table is set on a stepped plinth with bracket feet and a rectangular top support decorated with moldings and intarsia strips on all four sides. The show front has an inlaid stylized coat of arms. The top panel displays inlaid floral and leaf scroll decoration that is symmetrically arranged. The proportions of this small table have no parallel models in Renaissance furnishings. The size and elaborate inlay pattern, however, were desirable for the Renaissance-style homes of nineteenth- and twentiethcentury collectors (see Fig. 237.1).(1) Furthermore, the coat of arms adds to the perceived noble character of the piece. The intricate inlay recalls earlier intarsia motifs, especially those on choir stalls and wall paneling.(2)
Catalogue entry from: Wolfram Koeppe. The Robert Lehman Collection. Decorative Arts, Vol. XV. Wolfram Koeppe, et al. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in association with Princeton University Press, 2012, p. 272.
1. For Renaissance-style interiors in New York, see Ferrazza, Roberta. Palazzo Davanzati e le collezioni di Elia Volpi. Florence, 1994, ill. nos. 157, 167, 169, 174, and especially no. 203.
2. Schottmüller, Frida. Furniture and Interior Decoration of the Italian Renaissance. 2nd ed. Stuttgart, 1928, pp. 70 – 73, 244, figs. 167 – 84; Scantamburlo, Barbara. La tarsia rinascimentale fiorentina: L’opera di Giovanni di Michele da San Pietro a Monticelli. Ospedaletto, Pisa, 2003.