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Dining Table

Decorative Arts and Design
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Dining Table

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Frank Furness (American, 1839-1912), designer
Attributed to Daniel Pabst (American, 1826-1910), maker

Date

ca. 1875

Medium

Oak, chestnut, butternut, and ash

Accession #

1983.198

Dimensions

26 1/4 x 66 x 66 inches

Location

Description

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 in 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.

Credit

Virginia Carroll Crawford Collection