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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Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum South Pavilion, Gallery S108
Attributed to Pierre Golle (French, about 1620 - 1684, master before 1656)
Oak veneered with brass, pewter, tortoise shell, walnut, and ebony, with drawers of oak and rosewood; gilded fruitwood; gilt-bronze mounts
76.8 x 41.9 x 36.2 cm (30 1/4 x 16 1/2 x 14 1/4 in.)
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
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
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