About this artwork
At the height of their careers, Charles Sumner and Henry Mather Greene designed the Pasadena winter residence of the midwestern lumber baron Robert R. Blacker. The Blacker House (1907–09) marries Asian simplicity with the openness of California’s Hispanic haciendas and demonstrates the brothers’ masterful integration of an architectural plan with interior furnishings. This serving table—which Charles Greene designed for the Blacker House’s breakfast room—display hallmarks of his mature style. Here he combined exquisite workmanship and elaborate joinery with poetic details like ebony pegs and abstract cutaways on the table’s graceful floral inlay.
- Charles Sumner Greene
- Serving Table
- c. 1907–1909
- Mahogany, ebony, fruitwood, copper, and silver inlay
- 75.8 × 91.5 × 56.2 cm (29 7/8 × 36 × 22 1/8 in.)
- Wentworth Greene Field Memorial Fund and Maurice D. Galleher Endowment