John W. Forbes American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 723

In the early nineteenth century, it was the height of fashion to decorate the center of the dining table with a large, mirrored plateau designed to hold ornaments or accessories of service. This splendid example is one of only two such American plateaux known—both marked by Forbes and similar in design.

Plateau, John W. Forbes (1781–1864), Silver, glass with walnut, American

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