Sideboard, also known as the Pericles Dressoir

Designer Bruce J. Talbert British, Scottish
Manufacturer Holland & Sons British

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 516

An ambitious example of British craftsmanship, this so-called Pericles dressoir or sideboard was specifically designed by Talbert as the centerpiece for the stand of Holland & Sons at the Paris International Exhibition of 1867. Talbert, known for his work in the reformed Gothic style, included a scene from Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre in the central gable as well as several quotations from this and two other Shakespeare plays, allusions to dining and the grace before a meal. Both the references to Shakespeare as well as the use of oak, a British native wood, are manifestations of immense national pride.

Sideboard, also known as the Pericles Dressoir, Bruce J. Talbert (British, Dundee, Scotland 1838–1881 London), Oak, inlaid with ebony, walnut, boxwood, amaranth, carved and gilded; brass fittings, British, London

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