circular inlaid table with four footed pedestal base; central square organic motif with banding of meandering pattern and waves; circular design with harp and wind instruments crossed at center of each side of square; outer band of floral pattern on dark ground

Etruscan table, 1872

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Beginning with London's Crystal Palace Exhibition in 1851, international exhibitions of art and industry dramatically changed the market for important pieces of furniture. Rather than producing custom pieces solely at the request of a specific--often royal--client, firms began making presentation pieces for exhibitions in hopes of gaining recognition for their technical and artistic merit. This Anglo-Etruscan center table is just such a piece, having been made by the distinguished London cabinet-making firm of Jackson and Graham from designs by the Parisian designer Alexander Eugène Prignot, for display at the London International Exhibition of 1872. With this table, Jackson and Graham exhibited the highest quality in English craftsmanship as well as current artistic fashion. [Insert photo Media #1891]

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Prignot, Etruscan Table (#030)
Details
Title
Etruscan table
Artist Life
1822-?
Role
Designer
Accession Number
97.69a-f
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circular inlaid table with four footed pedestal base; central square organic motif with banding of meandering pattern and waves; circular design with harp and wind instruments crossed at center of each side of square; outer band of floral pattern on dark ground