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Pier Table

Maker:
Joseph Meeks & Sons (American, New York, 1829–35)
Date:
1829–35
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany veneer, mahogany, pine, ash, black marble and silvered glass
Dimensions:
37 x 43 x 20 1/8 in. (94 x 109.2 x 51.1 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Emil and Dolores Pascarelli, in honor of Catherine Hoover Voorsanger, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.640a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 732
By the early 1830s, simpler Grecian-style furniture with rich mahogany and rosewood veneers and exuberant scrolled supports characterized a new direction in American furniture. Popular in the nation's drawing rooms through the 1840s, pier tables like this one were invariably displayed in tandem with a tall, gilded looking glass to create the effect of a continuous mirrored surface that extended the space of the interior and reflected light back into the room.
Inscription: Fragmentary paper label on undertier: "MEEKS & SONS [MANUFACTORY] [of] / CABI [NET FURNITURE]/ 43 & 45 Br[oad Street] / N[EW-YORK.]"
Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Emil Pascarelli
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