Maker: John W. Forbes (1781–1864)

Date: ca. 1825

Geography: Made in New York, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Silver, glass with walnut

Dimensions: 8 5/16 × 25 × 65 in., 21999.5g (21.1 × 63.5 × 165.1 cm, 707.306 oz.)

Classification: Silver

Credit Line: Purchase, The AE Fund, Annette de la Renta, The Annenberg Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Goelet, John J. Weber, Dr. and Mrs. Burton P. Fabricand, The Hascoe Family Foundation, Peter G. Terian, and Erving and Joyce Wolf Gifts, and Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1993

Accession Number: 1993.167


In the early nineteenth century, it was the height of fashion to decorate the center of the dining table with a large, mirrored plateau designed to hold ornaments or accessories of service. This splendid example is one of only two such American plateaux known—both marked by Forbes and similar in design.