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American Decorative Arts

Pier Table

1820–40

Eastern white pine, basswood, birch, yellow-poplar

34 13/16 × 46 7/8 × 22 7/8 in. (88.5 × 119 × 58.1 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1930.2661
Chinoiserie, which was so popular before the Revolutionary War, fell out of fashion during the early Federal period, but it regained favor after 1800. The columnar legs and geometric Greek-key border on the edge of this tabletop and base contrast with the exotic Asian landscape on the top and the Buddha-like figure at the center of the facade.
Geography: 
Possibly made in Boston, Massachusetts
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Provenance: 

Object originally owned by one of the numerous descendants of Richard Derby (1679-1715) and Martha Hasket (d. 1746). Then owned by Henry V. Weil. The table was then purchased by Garvan in July 1929. Gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

David L. Barquist, Elisabeth Donaghy Garrett, and Gerald W. R. Ward, American Tables and Looking Glasses in the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 16, 57, 82–84, no. 12, pl. 19, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.