A. and H. Lejambre American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

Although New York firms dominated the production of luxury furniture during the 1870s and 1880s, the cabinetmaking and upholstery firm A. and H. Lejambre produced high-quality work, particularly in the Anglo- Japanesque style, in Philadelphia. The influence of the British reform designer E. W. Godwin, whose work echoes the principles of Japanese art and architecture, is evident not only in the table’s form but also in its turned spindles and interplay of solids and voids. The delicate inlaid butterfly and dragonfly on the tabletop reflect the restrained ornament favored by cabinetmakers who looked to the arts of Japan.

Table, A. and H. Lejambre (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, active 1865–ca. 1907), Probably purpleheart, yellow poplar, inlaid woods, brass, American

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