Aug 24, 2007

Pier Table

Pier Table

c. 1829–1835

Part of a set. See all set records

Mahogany; marble

Overall: 91.5 x 105.4 x 57.1 cm (36 x 41 1/2 x 22 1/2 in.)

Gift of Mrs. R. Livingston Ireland 1981.65


Ornamental tables such as this marble-topped example were most often used in rooms on a narrow wall between two windows or just across from them on an opposite wall. Usually a gilded mirror hung above the table to create a single pier of glass, top to bottom, which reflected light around the room. This table’s bold use of carved and stenciled decoration, as well as expensive white marble, indicate that it was owned by a very wealthy family.

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