Pier table, Joseph B. Barry and Son (1757–1838), Mahogany, mahogany veneer, satinwood,
amboyna, pine, gilt bronze with yellow poplar, American

Pier table

Joseph B. Barry and Son (1757–1838)
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Mahogany, mahogany veneer, satinwood,
amboyna, pine, gilt bronze with yellow poplar
38 x 54 x 23 3/4 in. (96.5 x 137.2 x 60.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of the American Wing Fund, Anonymous Gift, George M. Kaufman Gift, Sansbury- Mills Fund; Gifts of the Members of the Committee of the Bertha King Benkard Memorial Fund, Mrs. Russell Sage, Mrs. Frederick Wildman, F. Ethel Wickham, Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, and Mrs. F. M. Townsend, by exchange; and John Stewart Kennedy Fund and Bequests of Martha S. Tiedeman and W. Gedney Beatty, by exchange, 1976
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On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 726
This table combines French and English features to form a highly successful American type. The carved and pierced griffin panel ornament, which is more commonly found rendered in paint on fancy chairs from Philadelphia and Baltimore, is based closely upon Thomas Sheraton's "Ornament for a Frieze or Tablet," published and dated October 1791 in "The Cabinet Maker's and Upholsterer's Drawing-Book." Illustrations from this pattern book also appear on Barry's elaborate trade label, which is affixed to the underside of the top.
Inscription: engraved label [partial]: [tear] B. Barry & Son / [tear] MAKER & UPHOLSTERER / [obliterated] / No. 132 South Second Street / PHILADELPHIA
Louis Clapier, Philadelphia; Mary Louise Clapier Coxe, by 1827; Mary Louise Coxe (Mrs. Moses) Brown; descended in the Brown family; T. Wistar Brown, Ardmore, Pennsylvania