Sideboard

Date: ca. 1795–1805

Geography: Possibly made in Baltimore, Maryland, United States; Possibly made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Mahogany, satinwood, silver, copper, verre églomisé with yellow poplar, white pine, mahogany

Dimensions: 65 1/2 x 89 x 31 in. (166.4 x 226.1 x 78.7 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest and Mitchel Taradash Gift, 1945

Accession Number: 45.77

Description

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.

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