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Etagere

Decorative Arts

On View: 20th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor
MEDIUM Carved, turned, laminated rosewood, silvered glass
  • Possible Place Made: New York, United States
  • DATES ca. 1845-1855
    DIMENSIONS 81 x 34 x 14 in. (205.7 x 86.4 x 35.6 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS no marks
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view on the 20th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 76.101
    CREDIT LINE H. Randolph Lever Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Etagere, ca. 1845-1855. Carved, turned, laminated rosewood, silvered glass , 81 x 34 x 14 in. (205.7 x 86.4 x 35.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 76.101. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 76.101_IMLS_SL2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION White marble top; four turned and fluted feet, the front two topped with pointed finials; front apron of base in overall shape of widened Gothic arch of Gothic jig-cut decoration; marble top has bevelled edge and is inset at front corners to allow for finials on front feet; back of etagere is elongated vertical Gothic arch consisting of jig-cut rosewood set between four columns which terminate in Gothic turrets; main mirror of back has round top framed by Gothic jig-cut work; four bracket shelves, two on each side of mirror; lower shelves supported by jig-cut brackets; shelves are eight inward lobed shapes, Gothic and jig-cut laminated rosewood railing suspended from bottom of shelf following shape of shelf, upper shelves supported by Gotrhic jig-cut brackets; shelves are round and have Gothic jig-cut and laminated rosewood galleries; two small shelves on either side of etagere-back between the upper and lower bracket shelves; shelves are lobe-shaped with double finials at point of each lobe; small mirror framed in Gothic arch at back of each of these small shelves; small rectangular shelf at top of main mirror; has Gothic jig-cut gallery; four quarter arc brackets, each one extending from a corner of the bottom of the shelf are joined at the center with a drop finial; small mirror behind shelf is in Gothic arch jig-cut frame; on either side of small mirror is a column termintating in pointed Gothic finial; stylized leaf shape terminates overall Gothic arch shape of back; back visually joined with base by two Gothic jig-cut triangular brackets which incorporate stylized bird motif; brackets rest on either end of base top on short sides against aback of etagere; small piece of jig-cut laminated gallery or railing in separate envelope. CONDITION: Front apron: rosewood veneer chipped in fifteen places; one stylized suspended cruciform of apron scheme has broken off and is missing, some glazing of finish along molding; two patches of black encrustation on right side; front right foot is split beneath turret. Lower left shelf: gallery in four lobes is broken; gallery gone in fifth lobe; bracket has been broken and wired together; one jig-cut drop has broken off. Lower right shelf: gallery broken in four lobes; one jig-cut drop broken off bracket. Upper left shelf: gallery broken in three places, suspended railing completely missing; upper right shelf: gallery broken in four places, about half of it is there, suspended railing completely missing, bracket has been broken and is wired together; upper rectangular shelf: white paint spot on top, drops or suspended railings which once went around outer edge of shelf are missing; applied molding or ornament at bottom of leaf finial of etagere back is missing.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (77%)
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