Table

Date: ca. 1860

Geography: Probably made in New York, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Walnut, marble

Dimensions: 30 1/2 x 30 1/2 x 44 in. (77.5 x 77.5 x 111.8 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1986

Accession Number: 1986.78

Description

Although the maker of this table is unknown, it was probably produced in New York after a design by the British architect Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, published in his book Gothic Furniture (London, 1835). Just as the Gothic Revival library was enlivened by the contrasting colors of various types of wood, this table features an extraordinary specimen marble top composed of brightly colored pieces of marble and other minerals. The tabletop is supported by architecturally inspired flying buttresses extending from the central post, an excellent example of how Gothic Revival furniture employed features reserved for use in buildings during the Gothic period (12th–15th century).

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