This object is currently on display in room 107 as part of Tablescapes: Designs for Dining. There are 3 other images of this object. This object has no known copyright, and as such we offer a high-resolution image of it. See our image rights statement.

 

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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.

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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

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Tablescapes: Designs for Dining and Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005.

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