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Artist: Maker unknown (Europe)

Date: 1800
Medium: Mahogany
Overall: 40 1/2 × 72 × 27 1/8in. (102.9 × 182.9 × 68.9cm)
Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of Sarah T. Norris
Object number: 73.104
Label Text
Rooms designated exclusively for dining came into fashion in American homes in the late 1700s and required specialized furniture forms, such as a sideboard. Typically used for serving food and beverages, a sideboard also stored dishes and showcased a homeowner’s most elegant silver, china, and glassware. In the words of Robert Adam, a noted furniture and interior designer of the late 1700s, sideboards had become “apartments of conversation.” This example is in the Federal style, popular in America from about 1790 to around 1820. As illustrated by this sideboard, the style is characterized by graceful straight lines, delicate construction, tapered legs, and contrasting inlay and veneer decoration.