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Pier table

about 1813–24
Emmons & Archbald (active 1813–1824)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Overall: 83.8 x 111.8 x 50.8 cm (33 x 44 x 20 in.) Depth excludes marble top.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Mahogany, mahogany veneer, chestnut, maple, glass, ormolu mounts; replaced marble top

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Tables, stands, screens

A marble-top pier table supported on two columnar legs at the front and two engaged columns at the rear atop a raised base with curved sides and turreted front corners. The table stands on four turned, ebonized ball feet – the front feet are flattened balls of larger diameter than the rear feet – with a thin ormolu band inset into a groove at the midsection. A mirror (replaced) is set within a frame at the rear between the two half-columns, backed by a paneled wooden frame. A replaced marble slab rests on the upper part of the table forming the top.


Stencilled label on bottom of upper compartment under marble top: EMMONS & ARCHBALD/No. 39 Orange Street/(BOSTON)/Cabinet, Chair & Upholstery/Manufactory


1972, purchased by the MFA from Peter Hill, United States Antiques, Washington, DC (Accession date: June 7, 1972).

Credit Line

Departmental Funds and Gift of W.N. Banks Foundation