Slab table


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 753

This is probably one of the two “marble slabs” purchased by General John Cadwalader (1742–1786) at an auction in 1769 for use in his house on Second Street, which he furnished with an ornateness unparalleled elsewhere in Philadelphia. In their plasticity, the unbroken serpentine curves of the legs and skirt rail are fully in the spirit of the French Rococo. However, the brilliant naturalistic carving is purely English, probably the work of a London-trained carver just arrived in Philadelphia.

Slab table, Mahogany, black walnut, yellow pine; marble, American

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