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Étagère

Decorative Arts and Design
Étagère

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Alexander Roux (American, born France, 1813-1886), designer and maker

Date

ca. 1850–1857

Medium

Rosewood, mahogany, ash, poplar, and mirrored glass

Accession #

1981.1000.66

Dimensions

86 1/2 x 79 1/2 x 29 1/2 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 305

Description

Consoles such as this one were often used by the elite purely for decoration. Étagères were especially popular in opulent mid-nineteenth-century parlors, where the mirrors reflected light and shelves displayed all manner of ornaments, silver, porcelain, oddities, and objets d’art—symbols of affluence and taste. The curved supports, elaborate floral displays, and cherubic figures that decorated furniture 100 years before were fashionable once again in the Rococo Revival style, this time bolder and more lush, recalling the French Régence models of the eighteenth century. This superb example is identical to the Alexander Roux étagère at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Credit

Virginia Carroll Crawford Collection