M18973 | Table

 
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Table
About 1870, 19th century
Wood; papier mache; metal, iron, brass; mother-of-pearl; Assembled
72 x 49 x 50 cm
Gift of Mr. Frederick Cleveland Morgan
M18973
© McCord Museum
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Description

These highly decorated pieces of furniture beautified the interiors of Victorian salons. The motifs on the table shown a neorococo influence, a style inspired from the shapes of shells and characterized by an abundance of elaborate ornaments.

Keys to History

This neorococo-style papier-mâché table was used to play various board games.

The square area with its 64 little squares on the surface of the table was used to play checkers and other games. Once the game was over, a hinge attached to the upper part made it easy to fold up and store the table. These highly decorated pieces of furniture beautified the interiors of Victorian salons.

The motifs on the table shown a neorococo influence, a style inspired from the shapes of shells and characterized by an abundance of elaborate ornaments.

  • What

    This small table of papier-mâché and wood, inlayed with mother of pearl, was used to play various board games.

  • Where

    In 1825, the English company Jennens and Bettridge patented a process that made it possible to inlay mother of pearl chips on a papier-mâché surface.

  • When

    This papier-mâché furniture is characteristic of the Victorian Era.

  • Who

    This type of neorococo table added to the decor in the luxurious salons of the homes of the well-to-do.