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Library Table

A work made of oak and pine.
© 2018 Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of oak and pine.




Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867–1959)
Made by John W. Ayers (American, 1850–1914)

About this artwork

Like his Prairie School contemporaries, Frank Lloyd Wright drew upon the ideas of the English Arts and Crafts movement in formulating his own principles of architecture and design, beliefs that included an adherence to simplicity in design, a preference for straightforward construction methods, and the use of plain, high-quality materials. This library table, designed by Wright for the remodeling of the Charles E. Roberts House, contains the strong balance of horizontality and verticality characteristic of the Prairie School while accentuating the rich oak surface. Wright championed the importance of machinery to improve design; although this table is indebted to industrial production methods, the beading on the door suggests the hand of the craftsman.


On View, Gallery 179


Arts of the Americas


Frank Lloyd Wright


Library Table


Chicago (Object made in)

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Oak and pine


77.9 × 121.3 × 118.8 cm (30 5/8 × 47 3/4 × 47 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. Roger White in memory of Mr. Charles E. Roberts

Reference Number



© 2018 Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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