Attributed to Daniel Pabst (American, 1826-1910), maker
This dining table combines the carving skill of Daniel Pabst’s workshop with the idiosyncratic designs of architect Frank Furness. Influenced by British design reformers and educators Owen Jones and Christopher Dresser, Furness used extensive decoration and pattern in his designs for buildings and furniture. Carved animals and hunting motifs were popular in dining rooms of the 1850s; here, Pabst and Furness used a related image: a heron eating a frog. This dining table was part of the original furnishings of the residence of Theodore Roosevelt, Sr., at 6 West 57th Street in Manhattan.