20 in. x 20 1/2 in. x 20 1/2 in. (50.8 cm x 52.07 cm x 52.07 cm)
Bequest of M. Carey Thomas, President of Bryn Mawr College, 1894-1922
Bryn Mawr College
W.171 (Wyndham No.)
Furnishings and Furniture; Furniture
M. Carey Thomas and Mary Elizabeth Garrett purchased numerous small tables and tabourets from Lockwood de Forest as well as other furniture importers in New York City. These were frequently of Indian and Middle Eastern design, although Chinese- and Japanese-style tables were purchased as well.
This octagonal table is intricately carved with floral designs on its sides and legs, having a top of colored ceramic tiles. As it was used in Mary Garrett’s bedroom on the second floor of the Deanery, it might have been brought with other pieces of furniture from her home in Baltimore, Maryland.
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- Refers to any of various hard, brittle, heat-resistant and corrosion-resistant materials made by shaping and then firing a nonmetallic mineral, such as clay, at a high temperature.
- Refers to low seats or stools, without back or arms, often used for a child or as a footstool. It was originally in the shape of a drum, thus the name (from the diminutive of the French "tambour," for drum). In the 18th century the term was applied to any low stool with fixed upright legs, as distinct from "pliants," which had folding crossed legs. 18th-century tabourets were rectangular, not drum-shaped, with upholstered seats. For similar seats supported on six or more legs, use "banquettes (benches)."
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