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The lavish, naturalistic carving on this massive sideboard-including a stag's head, dead game birds, bulging clusters of fruits, and grotesque animal faces-may be unsettling to viewers today. However, to affluent Americans of the 1850s and 1860s, this imposing object signified the owner's wealth...

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Stencilled on back: FROM I. LUTZ CABINET WAREHOUSE No. 121 S. 11th St. PHILA


Purchased (possibly in Bucks County, Pennsylvania) about 1970 by Mr. and Mrs. David Deitz, Trenton, New Jersey. Sale 768, Victorian International IX, Sotheby's, New York, June 18, 1980, no. 669. To Peter Strickland, Philadelphia, by 1981. With Kurland Zabar, New York, New York, by 1990. Purchased for the Museum in 1990.

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of Richard Bruce E. Lacont


Object Place

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States


Overall: 238.8 x 188 x 63.5 cm (94 x 74 x 25 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oak, yellow-poplar, marble




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