M984.304 | Table

19th century
Wood; papier mache; metal, brass; mother-of-pearl; Assembled
77 x 48 x 39 cm
Gift of M. Maurice Lemay
© McCord Museum
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This tea table made using papier mache is decorated with flowering branches and a floral motif as well as inlaid mother-of-pearl, all of which reveal the 19th century interest in naturalism, one of the main characteristics of the neo-rococo movement. This type of table was produced by a variety of manufacturers, who fashioned the interior according to the intended usage. Some held a tea service, others sewing or embroidery supplies. Whatever their use, such tables always sat in the drawingroom, the most important room in the home.