Sideboards such as this one graced the dining rooms of wealthy families in the 1800s and were also exhibited at world's fairs. Cabinetmakers often created grand objects for international expositions as a means of demonstrating their craft skills in dramatic fashion. It is densely carved with lifelike depictions of fish and game--an homage to the bounty of the American landscape. The bottom of this sideboard is laid out in three parts, all carved in walnut. The left door depicts lobsters, fish, and eel; the right is decorated with game birds; and the central panel features the gun, pouch, bugle, and powder horn associated with the hunt. The magnificent captured stag hanging over it all acts as a centerpiece.


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Artist
American
Title
Sideboard
Date
c. 1855
Medium
American tulipwood, northeast white pine, black walnut, and marble
Dimensions
106 × 69 × 28 inches
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by Anaruth and Aron S. Gordon

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
83.46
Classification
Furniture
Provenance

[Peter Hill, Inc., East Lempster, New Hampshire]; purchased by MFAH, 1983.