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A work made of carved teakwood, ash or oak.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of carved teakwood, ash or oak.


c. 1880–90


Designed by Lockwood de Forest
American, 1850–1932
Designed and assembled in New York
Wood carved in Ahmedabad, India

About this artwork

During the Aesthetic movement of the late 19th century, American designers’ fascination with the exotic led them to explore the art of India. On a trip to that country in 1880–81, Lockwood de Forest became interested in traditional Indian wood carving and established his own wood and metal workshop in Ahmedabad, India, to promote the native craft revival. Back in New York, he incorporated panels and architectural elements carved in the workshop into the furniture and interiors he designed for the American upper classes. This serving table is typical of de Forest’s work in its application of moldings and panels carved in India onto a Western furniture form.


On View, Gallery 176


Arts of the Americas


Lockwood de Forest




New York City (Object made in)

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c. 1880–1890


Carved teakwood, ash or oak


119.4 × 48.3 × 99.7 cm (47 × 19 × 39 1/4 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Mrs. Herbert A. Vance through the Antiquarian Society

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