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Decorative Arts

On View: 20th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor

How do curators know who made an object? In many instances, unfortunately, the maker is unknown. However, curators have ways to establish the maker of an object. For example, they can look to a period catalogue or advertisement a description or illustration, or there may be an affinity with a documented piece that permits a reasonable attribution. Rarely, a piece, is marked or signed by the artist or manufacturer. In the case of this table, a printed paper label has survived on the underside of the tabletop. It identifies the manufacturer, the Charles Parker Company, a little-known firm that produced art brass, focusing on lighting fixtures and small occasional furniture.

MEDIUM Brass, other metals, wood, fabric
DATES ca. 1880
DIMENSIONS 29 x 19 x 17 1/2 in. (73.7 x 48.3 x 44.5 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS on paper label glued to bottom of table: THE CHAS> PARKER CO./ (A) RTISTIC BRONZE GOODS(S)
SIGNATURE no signature
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view on the 20th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor
CREDIT LINE H. Randolph Lever Fund
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CAPTION The Charles Parker Company. Table, ca. 1880. Brass, other metals, wood, fabric, 29 x 19 x 17 1/2 in. (73.7 x 48.3 x 44.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 85.12.1. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 85.12.1_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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