Sideboard, ca. 1795–1805
Philadelphia or Baltimore
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 (45.77)
Many of the motifs found in the sideboard's panels of marquetry and verre églomisé were taken directly from Thomas Sheraton's Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing-Book (1793). Sheraton (1751–1806), an English cabinetmaker and drawing instructor, influenced numerous American furniture manufacturers through this publication, which was imported all along the eastern seaboard.
Although sometimes imported from England, these small marquetry panels were also made locally and conveyed a sense of patriotism during the early decades of American independence.