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Games Table

Date: 1845-1850
Medium: Rosewood, satinwood, mahogany, yellow-poplar, walnut
Dimensions:
Overall: 29 3/8 x 33 x 18 1/4in. (74.6 x 83.8 x 46.4cm)
Signed: Stenciled label inside drawer: "J & J.W. MEEKS / MAKERS / No 14 Vesey St. / NEW YORK"
Credit Line: Museum Purchase, in part with funds given by James and Patricia Rudi in memory of Robert Oehme
Object number: 91.30
Label Text
Because nineteenth-century craftsmen frequently borrowed from historical vocabularies with scant archeological correctness, revival styles often became amalgamated. The games table, a product of this eclecticism, embodies both Rococo and Elizabethan design elements. C-scrolls, foliage, and shell motifs constitute Rococo Revival components. Simulated strapwork and turned pendants are indicative of the Elizabethan style. The dense blend of decorative details manifests the period's growing preoccupation with rich and, ultimately, naturalistic carving.

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