Drawing, Design for a Surtout de Table (Centerpiece)
This is a Drawing. We acquired it in 1901. Its medium is pen and black ink, brush and watercolor, gouache, graphite on off-white wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
The colorful hardstone vessels seen in this surtout de table design suggest a Russian source, but the use of circular stands and rimmed gilt-metal are stylistically similar to Italian and French examples. Much as Bernini made his table designs to resemble sculpture-laden piazzas, so too did later Italian designers of tablescapes include key forms arranged as if in a public space.
Cite this object as
Drawing, Design for a Surtout de Table (Centerpiece); Previously owned by Giovanni Piancastelli (Italian, 1845–1926); Italy; pen and black ink, brush and watercolor, gouache, graphite on off-white wove paper; 1901-39-2156
In addition to Tablescapes: Designs for Dining, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005.