Tripod table

Object Details

Title:

Tripod table

Artist/Maker(s):

Attributed to Pierre Golle (French, about 1620 - 1684, master before 1656)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

Paris, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1680

Medium:

Oak veneered with brass, pewter, tortoise shell, walnut, and ebony, with drawers of oak and rosewood; gilded fruitwood; gilt-bronze mounts

Dimensions:

76.8 x 41.9 x 36.2 cm (30 1/4 x 16 1/2 x 14 1/4 in.)

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The top of this small table folds open, revealing a circular scene of three women dressed in exotic costumes and taking tea under the pulled-back curtains of a tent. A monkey and a parrot perch in the branches of trees blossoming in the background. The marquetry tea scene and the table's sturdy tripod form suggest this table was used to support a tea or coffee tray.

Veneered with pewter and brass, the table's major decorative elements are of tortoiseshell; this form of decoration is known as contre partie. The table was probably made for the Grand Dauphin, the oldest son of Louis XIV, King of France. It prominently displays five fleurs-de-lis, the heraldic lily from the royal arms of France, and four dolphins, symbol of the Dauphin. At this date royal emblems appeared only on royal gifts or on objects made for members of the royal family.

Exhibitions
Steeped in History: The Art of Tea (August 2 to November 29, 2009) (5.3)
  • Fowler Museum of Cultural History, UCLA, (Los Angeles), August 2 to November 29, 2009
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