wood and bone 30 1/8 x 42 3/8 x 19 7/8 in. (76.5 x 107.7 x 50.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Gellatly
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 52A
Luce Center Label
This table, carved by an unknown artist, may have been crafted in South America in the nineteenth century. Along the apron, the craftsman included two small drawers decorated with an intricate pattern that recalls seventeenth- and eighteenth-century European design. In addition to the four cabriole legs with their claw-and-ball feet, the table has two extra legs behind the apron. These are carved in an intertwining pattern that evokes tree branches, growing up out of the floor. In this way, the craftsman combined established European designs with patterns inspired by natural forms, perhaps to pay tribute to the indigenous traditions of South America.
decorative arts - furniture
animal parts - bone
More works in the collection by
Blogs, Podcasts, and More
- Eye Level: Round-Table Discussion with Christenberry, Bates ...
- Eye Level: Westermann's Table
- Eye Level: Preserving the Parlor's Pictures
- Eye Level: Five Questions with Nick Marinelli of MAGFest, Part ...
- Eye Level: Live from the Farmer's Market
- Eye Level: The Best of Ask Joan of Art: Duane Hanson's ...
- Eye Level: Art Conservation: Stretching a Very Large Gene ...
- Eye Level: Picture This: Something of Splendor
- Eye Level: In This Case: Visitor's Choice #1
- Eye Level: "Movies at SAAM" Series Continues