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Hexagonal Tabouret with Inlaid Bands


19 3/4 in. x 20 1/2 in. (50.17 cm x 52.07 cm)
Bequest of M. Carey Thomas, President of Bryn Mawr College, 1894-1922

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: Deanery.466
Other Number(s): W.173 (Wyndham No.)
Classification: Furnishings and Furniture; Furniture; Table
Collection: Deanery Collection
Small hexagonal table (tabouret) with inlaid wavy-band design on legs with curvilinear arches in between.

The curved arches and inlaid design can be attributed to the increasing influence of Indian aesthetics. American art inspired by Indian designs increased over the course of the late-18th and early 19th centuries. Since the early 1600s, one can trace the history of British trade with India. In 1757, however, the British East India Company effectively controlled India after the Battle of Plassey; after the Indian Rebellion in 1857, the British government began direct rule over India in 1858. The visibility of Indian art and design to American audiences increased alongside British control over the peninsula through the display and distribution of Indian works, such as in the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London. The Deanery at Bryn Mawr College prominently featured Indian art as it was largely decorated by the American artist, Lockwood de Forest (1850-1932), who is best known for his role in the introduction of Indian art to America and Britain.

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