Pedestal

about 1875
Design attributed to Frank Furness (American, 1839–1912), Probably by Daniel Pabst (American (born in Germany), 1826–1910)


Object Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 96.5 x 43.2 x 43.2 cm (38 x 17 x 17 in.) Height x width (top surface): 15 1/2 x 15 1/2 in. (39.4 x 39.4 cm)

Accession Number

1984.266

Medium or Technique

Walnut, pine

On View

Penny and Jeff Vinik Gallery (Gallery 233)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Tables, stands, screens

Attributed to Frank Furness (1839-1912), designer, and Daniel Pabst (1826-1910), cabinetmaker. Walnut pedestals with high molded base, a central column with bands of carved flowers spiraling up shaft and with square sectioned chamfered pilasters applied on four sides. Base and capitals of pilasters have carved abstract floral motifs. Capital of pedestals has abstract floral frieze and acanthus cornice.

Primary wood is walnut; secondary wood is a soft wood, probably Eastern white pine. Heavy block construction.


Furness, a Philadelphia architect, often commissioned Pabst to execute his lively designs. These pedestals, like much of Furness’s architecture, combine bold, three-dimensional structure with rhythmic, two-dimensional surface pattern.

Signed

Unsigned

Provenance

By 1984, Robert Edwards (The Artsman, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania); purchased by the MFA, 1984.

Credit Line

Gift of Daniel and Jessie Lie Farber and Susan Cornelia Warren Fund