Alexander Roux French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 736

Widespread economic and political upheaval forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee Europe in the mid-nineteenth century. Many emigrants, including the French cabinetmaker Alexander Roux, became successful entrepreneurs in cities across the United States. Roux’s New York City cabinetmaking firm quickly established a reputation for producing masterfully carved high-style furniture, such as this sideboard. Roux displayed the prototype for this piece at the 1853 New York Crystal Palace Exhibition, prompting a commission to make a pair of related sideboards for the Astor family—this one and its mate, now at the Newark Museum.

#3875. Sideboard

Sideboard, Alexander Roux (1813–1886), Black walnut, pine (secondary wood), American

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