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Table

Maker:
Frank Lloyd Wright (American, Richland Center, Wisconsin 1867–1959 Phoenix, Arizona)
Date:
1912–14
Geography:
Made in Midwest, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
White oak
Dimensions:
26 5/16 x 72 x 27 in. (66.8 x 182.9 x 68.6 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Emily Crane Chadbourne Bequest, 1972
Accession Number:
1972.60.3
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 745
Frank Lloyd Wright designed this table specifically for the Littles’ living room in Wayzata, using the same light-finish white oak employed in the room's trim, light fixtures, and shelving. The long tabletop appears almost to float above the four sturdy legs, and the central cabinet block seems to be hung from the top. Instead of attaching handles to the cabinet doors, Wright designed simple cut-out handholds. His design marries substantial forms to frame surprising slices of negative space. The overall effect is that of a table that is grounded yet light, and seamlessly integrated into its environment.
Francis W. Little, Peoria, Illinois and Wayzata, Minnesota; their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond V. Stevenson, Wayzata, Minnesota, until 1972
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