Coleman Table
Lot 193
William S. Coleman An Important Aesthetic Movement Salon Table, circa 1875
Sold for £39,650 (US$ 62,044) inc. premium

Lot Details
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William S. Coleman
An Important Aesthetic Movement Salon Table, circa 1875
carved and gilt-incised ebonised wood frame, possibly executed by the Herter Brothers, the square top with four hinged leaves, each inset with Minton roundels painted with female portraits, the central plaque painted with five cherubs circling a bird, raised on four turned supports, the undertier inset with a roundel painted with a single cherub, on four supports terminating with brass castors
50.5cm square, 69.8cm high, 101cm wide (leaves open)

Footnotes

  • Exhibited:

    'The Cult of Beauty; The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900', Victoria and Albert Museum, London, April 2nd - July 17th, 2011

    'Beauty, Morals and Voluptuousness in the England of Oscar Wilde', Musée D'Orsay, Paris, September 13th 2011 - January 15th 2012

    Literature:

    Object list, 'The Cult of Beauty; The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900', V&A Publishing, London, 2011, pg. 286

    Max Donnelly, 'Living with antiques: A collection of British art pottery and fin de siècle decorative arts', published in 'The Magazine Antiques', June 2008, front cover detail illustration

    'Artistic Houses', New York 1883-1884, Vol. 1, pt.1, Fig 62.

    Mr J. Piermont Morgan's Drawing Room

    In 1880, the American financier, philanthropist and art collector, John Piermont Morgan, acquired a new residence at the corner of 36th Street and Madison Avenue, New York. It was to become one of the most notable private residence's in America of the day. To display his collection of works of art, and to host parties 1000 strong, Morgan approached the firm of Christian Herter to furnish the Drawing Room. Spanning the entire length of the building on the Madison Avenue side, it was described in the publication 'Artistic Houses' as "spacious", "charming" and "unique". The room had a Pompeiian inspiration with an elaborate frieze, with the furnishings showing an array of Persian and Japan-esque taste. In one of the bay windows can be seen, in a contemporary photograph from the publication, a similar, if not identical, table to that offered here, with the characteristic Coleman plaque in one of the drop-leafs easily distinguishable.

    During this period of American furniture design and production, Anglo-Amercian design exchanges and linkages were strong with leading British designers executing works for American firms. Examples of furniture executed by the Herter Brothers are known to incorporate Minton plaques, although more of the pâte-sur-pâte examples. It is not known, in this instance, if the Herter Brothers executed the frame for this table and incorporated Coleman plaques, or the table was constructed in England and shipped as a complete piece for the American market.
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