Center table

about 1850
After Alexander Jackson Davis (American, 1803–1892)


Object Place: Possibly New York, New York, United States

Dimensions

76.2 cm (30 in.); Diameter 93,98 cm (37 in.)

Accession Number

1981.402

Medium or Technique

Rosewood, rosewood veneer; modern marble top

On View

Waleska Evans James Gallery (Gallery 236)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Tables, stands, screens

Gothic Revival style. Hexagonal table top with molded skirt with pointed arches and drop finials, supported by six cluster columns on turned cups and hexagonal plinths; tripod base with lobed trefoil feet.


Andrew Jackson Downing’s “The Architecture of Country Houses” (1850) popularized the Gothic Revival style in the United States. An illustration in Downing’s book of an interior designed by Alexander Jackson Davis appears to be the source for this handsome table, one of several similar examples that survive. Not a reproduction of historic medieval furniture, the table is a modern form creatively employing Gothic Revival vocabulary-the pointed arches on the skirt, the cluster-column legs, and the trefoil-shaped feet.

Provenance

early history unknown; purchased from the dealer E. J. Canton (Baltimore, Maryland) in 1981 (Accession Date: November 18, 1981)

Credit Line

Edwin E. Jack Fund