Writing table

Attributed to William Vile British

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 521

With its unusual top, folding back to reveal a writing surface, this elegant table is attributed to the highly successful London furniture maker William Vile (1715–1767). The sparing use of carved ornament shows a great appreciation for the lustrous figured mahogany and the serpentine outline is the embodiment of the Rococo style stripped down to its very essence.

Writing table, Attributed to William Vile (British, Somerset 1715–1767 London), Mahogany and oak; lacquered brass; green baize (modern), British

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