Attributed to Pierre Gole (Dutch, active in France, ca. 1620–1684)
Tortoiseshell, ivory, ebony, and other woods on oak and fruitwood; gilt–bronze; W. 41 3/16 in. (105 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1986 (1986.38.1)
On this table, attributed to the Dutch-born cabinetmaker Pierre Gole, mottled brown tortoiseshell provides the ground for wood marquetry and veneers of ebony and ivory (stained green for the leaves). The stylized bouquet within the central four-lobed band of the top contains tulips, roses, jasmine, and lilies of the valley, while naturalistic sprays of roses, tulips, carnations, and myrtle are rendered with similar marquetry in the wide border along the edge.
Gole, who migrated to Paris in the early 1640s, would have been responsible for designing the gilt-bronze mounts and the severely classical capitals and bases on the four columnar legs. His workshop contained no foundry, and independent metalworkers must have supplied the mounts to his design. The upper sections of the legs are veneered with alternating strips of tortoiseshell and ivory that imitate fluting. The lower sections are inlaid with floral sprays.