Server

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.

Date:

c. 1880/90

Artist:

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

American Art, Gallery 176

Artist

Lockwood de Forest

Title

Server

Origin

New York City

Date

1880–1890

Medium

Carved teakwood, ash or oak

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Mrs. Herbert A. Vance through the Antiquarian Society

Reference Number

2003.171

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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