Pier Table

Joseph Meeks & Sons American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 736

By the early 1830s, simpler Grecian-style furniture with rich mahogany and rosewood veneers and exuberant scrolled supports characterized a new direction in American furniture. Popular in the nation's drawing rooms through the 1840s, pier tables like this one were invariably displayed in tandem with a tall, gilded looking glass to create the effect of a continuous mirrored surface that extended the space of the interior and reflected light back into the room.

Pier Table, Joseph Meeks & Sons (American, New York, 1829–35), Mahogany veneer, mahogany; pine, ash (secondary woods); marble, glass, American

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