Round Center Table

Round Center Table

Artist: Samuel Gibbs French
Type: Variety of hardwoods
Year: 1854
Size/Dimensions: H: 31 _" W: 33 _", D. 23"
Origin: Loughborough Trust Purchase
Accession Number: 83.34

This beautifully inlaid parquetry table has applied edge molding and sits atop four ring-turned legs. An abacus (scrolled platform) base with a flat section at the scrolled feet supports the top and legs. The bold geometric centralized medallion design on the top consists of elegantly contrasting woods inlaid to form an eight-pointed star. The star is encircled by an extravagant saw tooth pattern, inlay border that radiates outward to the table"s edge. As a companion, the center of the abacus has a smaller contrasting block and diamond inlay. It is interesting to note that during this period, the eight-pointed star and the saw tooth border motifs were commonly used in Arkansas pieced quilts. The maker, Samuel French was born November 12, 1818, in New Jersey. There is no documentation that French ever worked as a professional cabinetmaker. He graduated from West Point in 1843, and won two brevets as an artillery officer, in the Mexican War (1846-48). Throughout the Civil war, French served in the Confederate army, where he rose to the rank of major general. He died, April 20, 1901, in Florala, Florida.

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Round Center Table