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Center Table

Ebonized and gilded wood, wood marquetry, mother-of-pearl, and gilded bronze
Made in
New York, New York, United States, North and Central America
Current Location
On View, Gallery 127
30 1/4 × 54 1/8 × 35 1/2 in. (76.8 × 137.5 × 90.2 cm)
Credit Line
Marjorie Wyman Endowment Fund
Public Domain
Object Number
A lush bouquet of flowers is the focal point of this ornamental tabletop. The floral design is composed of small pieces of wood stained with dyes and fitted together like a jigsaw puzzle. This technique, called marquetry, was a specialty of Parisian craftsman Joseph Cremer, whose signature is engraved among the scrolling stems and leaves. A New York cabinetmaker imported the marquetry panel and incorporated it into this painted and gilded table made for an unknown American client. This extravagant object was intended for use in a formal interior to display ceramics, small bronze sculptures, or other precious artworks.
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