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    The dining room first made its appearance in aristocratic houses at the end of the eighteenth century and became increasingly common in the nineteenth century. In well-to-do households, the dining room was furnished with a large table, matching chairs, and complementing sideboards. The sideboard was often decorated with hunt scenes and food—subjects related to its function. Made of native American black walnut and preserving much of its original, rich dark patina, this amusing sideboard incorporates two robust hound dogs as front supports, the head of a hare against the lower backboard, and a cricket nestled in the center of the carved vine on the front apron. The dead game animals illusionistically tied up at the crest sound a somewhat more sinister note.

    • Maker: Alexander Roux, American, born France, 1813-1886 (active New York, 1836-1880)
    • Medium: Black walnut
    • Place Manufactured: New York, New York, United States
    • Dates: ca. 1855
    • Dimensions: 49 x 49 x 24 in. (124.5 x 124.5 x 61.0 cm)  (show scale)
    • Markings: Unmarked
    • Collections:Decorative Arts
    • Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Everyday Life/A Nation Divided, 5th Floor
    • Accession Number: 1995.15
    • Credit Line: Gift of Benno Bordiga, by exchange
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Alexander Roux (American, born France, 1813-1886 (active New York, 1836-1880)). Sideboard, ca. 1855. Black walnut, 49 x 49 x 24 in. (124.5 x 124.5 x 61.0 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Benno Bordiga, by exchange, 1995.15. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: overall, 1995.15_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Catalogue Description: Sideboard. American black walnut (Juglans nigra). Rectangular form, lower shelf raised on bracketed feet with scalloped, scrolled apron. Incised horizontal panels on sides. Paired, fully carved, seated male hunting dogs at either end support upper serving top with scrolling apron framed and decorated with carved branches with central knot of twigs and leaves with large insect at center; side aprons with similar carving supported by scrolled volutes against backboard. Backboard with fully carved bust of hare facing proper right framed with and flanked by vines and leaves. Quarter round leaf molding to top. Symmetrical, segmental pedimented splash board with elaborate carved vines and grapes with centered hanging dead hare, to proper right, and squirrel, to proper left. Condition: Very good. Flat surfaces faded and scratches, remainder of carved surfaces seemingly in original condition.
    • Record Completeness: Best (86%)
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