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Part of The American Wing
Nunns and Clark
Date: 1853Accession Number: 06.1312
John H. Belter (1804–1863)
Date: 1850–60Accession Number: 1999.396
Alexander Roux (1813–1886)
Date: ca. 1866Accession Number: 68.100.1
Attributed to Pottier and Stymus Manufacturing Company (active ca. 1859–1910)
Date: ca. 1870–75Accession Number: 1970.35.1
Larkin Goldsmith Mead (1835–1910)
Date: ca. 1865–66Accession Number: 1999.18
Date: ca. 1855Accession Number: 1971.219
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The furniture in the Martha J. Fleischman Gallery, created primarily by German and French immigrant designers and craftsmen, was inspired by traditional European styles at a time when America was struggling to come to terms with its national identity and to create a unique and coherent American culture. Its bold and ebullient naturalistic carving and unabashedly rich surface decoration demonstrate the efforts of new Americans to break away from European traditions.
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