On View: 20th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor
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Brass, other metals, wood, fabric
29 x 19 x 17 1/2 in. (73.7 x 48.3 x 44.5 cm) (show scale)
on paper label glued to bottom of table: THE CHAS> PARKER CO./ (A) RTISTIC BRONZE GOODS(S)
H. Randolph Lever Fund
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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
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