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American Decorative Arts

Pier Table


Black marble, rosewood, brass, yellow-poplar, pine

37 × 42 × 18 in. (94 × 106.7 × 45.7 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George M. Kaufman
This New York pier table uses fine and expensive materials. The top, pilasters, and columns are black marble. The veneer is rosewood imported from Brazil. The applied mounts, which depict Robinson Crusoe and his man Friday, were probably made in Germany. The inlaid brass stringing is unusually intricate. All these details combine in a sumptuous statement of the late Federal style.
Made in New York, New York
By appointment
19th century

“Acquisitions 2001,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2002): 116, ill.

Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2007), 44, 350, pl. 18.

Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2007), 44, pl. 18, ill.

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