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Sofa Table

about 1810–20


Dimensions

Overall: 71.1 x 149.2 x 61 cm (28 x 58 3/4 x 24 in.)

Accession Number

2004.2081

Medium or Technique

Calamander, satinwood, and rosewood, inlaid with brass, gilt-lacquered metal mounts; brass casters

On View

Susan Morse Hilles Gallery (Gallery 152)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Furniture , Tables, Stands, and Screens

Regency furniture was frequently produced in luxurious materials with veneers of zebrawood, mahogany, and rosewood, and often embellished with patinated and gilt mounts. A purely British invention, this sofa table may have been used for writing, dressing, or intimate dining, making its sleek form suitable for domestic use.

Provenance

H. Blairman and Sons, Ltd., London [see note 1]. Private collection, Jersey, England. 1985, H. Blairman and Sons, Ltd., London. 1986, acquired on the London art market by Horace Wood Brock, New York; 2004, gift of Horace Wood Brock to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 15, 2004) NOTES: [1] According to information provided by Martin Levy of Blairman and Sons (e-mail correspondence, December 23, 2004), the table passed through the gallery's hands at an unknown date -- possibly having been purchased on the London art market -- before it entered the private collection in Jersey. Blairman acquired the table a second time before selling it again. It was published by Frances Collard, Regency Furniture (Woodbridge, England, 1985), p. 317, ill. (photo credit, Blairman and Sons).

Credit Line

Gift of Horace Wood Brock