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Drawing, Design for a Surtout de Table (Centerpiece)

This is a drawing. It is dated early 19th century and 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.

It is credited Museum purchase through gift of various donors.

Its dimensions are

12.1 x 32.1 cm (4 3/4 x 12 5/8 in.) Mat: 35.6 × 45.7 cm (14 × 18 in.)

It has the following markings

Watermark: four letters TM[orX?]AN. --previously listed as Cyrillic, but letters do not appear Russian --JAS 8/28/2018 Verso: Stamped in black ink: Museum for Decorative Arts Cooper Hewitt

It is inscribed

Verso: Inscribed in graphite across sheet: p. 8 / R[B?]ig [j?] ht. 3rd row.

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; 12.1 x 32.1 cm (4 3/4 x 12 5/8 in.) Mat: 35.6 × 45.7 cm (14 × 18 in.); Museum purchase through gift of various donors; 1901-39-2156

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005.

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