Center Table

Center Table

c. 1875

designed and made by

Herter Brothers


Rosewood inlaid with other woods and bone

Overall: 76.5 x 122 x 76.2 cm (30 1/8 x 48 1/16 x 30 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1987.53


The general form of this table is based on 19th-century English pieces that are variously described as modern Gothic or Eastlakian. They tend to be rectilinear with incised ornament, and are often, as here, gilded. Combined with this form are decorative elements of Japanese derivation--the carved panel of the stretcher and the inlaid medallions on the frieze beneath the top. The elaborate marquetry, or inlay, of the top includes motifs of classical origin. The top was perhaps made in France and imported to America to be used on furniture made here.

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