Alexander Roux French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 736

This sideboard by Alexander Roux is an "etagere" type, with an upper structure of shelves meant for the display of dining ware. Sometimes dubbed "the altar of gastronomy," the form became popular in America and Europe about 1850 and remained a prominent feature of dining rooms for the next quarter century. Hunt and harvest themes prevailed. Roux displayed the prototype for this piece at the 1853 Crystal Palace Exhibition in New York. Afterward, he was commissioned to make a pair of related sideboards for the Astor family--this one and its mate, which is at the Newark Museum.

#3875. Sideboard

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

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