Table

Object Details

Title:

Table

Artist/Maker:

Francesco Abbiati (Italian, active about 1780 - about 1800)

Culture:

Italian

Place:

Mandello, Lake Como, Lombardia, Italy, Europe (Place created)

Date:

1790s

Medium:

Oak, walnut, and poplar veneered with purplewood, satinwood, ebony, and various fruitwoods

Object Number:

84.DA.77

Dimensions:

77.8 × 84.5 × 87.5 cm (30 5/8 × 33 1/4 × 34 7/16 in.)

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Designed for writing, this elaborately decorated table includes two drawers at the back and a pull-out writing surface backed with three small drawers. The top is inlaid with marquetry scenes of classical gods copied from antique sarcophagi. Favorite Neoclassical motifs such as palmettes, medallions, masks, and acanthus leaves adorn the table's border, sides, and the tops of the legs. The legs of the table inventively display male nudes as if they were three-dimensional, with each side showing a figure from a different angle.