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Drawing, Design for a Surtout de Table (Centerpiece)

This is a Drawing. It was architect: Giuseppe Barberi. We acquired it in 1938. Its medium is black chalk on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

The tablescape is a concept developed in the late-16th and 17th-century Italian states and soon followed in France. The 18th century French tablescapes favored an arrangement of tureens and other food vessels in patterns like garden parterres. Guiseppe Barberi chose the classical columns and elements favored in the Napoleonic era.

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Drawing, Design for a Surtout de Table (Centerpiece); Architect: Giuseppe Barberi (Italian, 1746–1809); Italy; black chalk on paper; 1938-88-1427

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