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Decorative table

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The ornate top suggests that this table was probably an exhibition piece. The arms of the Dutch provinces, the arms of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the text Door eenheid zaam verbonden (United Through Unity) refer to the Netherlands' past. The name of the maker (C. Post) and the date (1852) are hidden in the decoration. Strikingly, this piece incorporates coloured casein, a forerunner of plastic that was made from milk., This table was presumably made for one of the many exhibitions of decorative arts in the mid-19th century. The cabinetmaker C. Post, whose name is inscribed in small letters in the decorative floral border, experimented with coloured imitation horn, a process that was patented some fifty years later. This enabled him to use more colours in the coats of arms and flowers on the table top. Some of the coats of arms are incorrectly depicted.

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Title Decorative table
Material and technique Oak, rose wood, different types of colored wood, inlaid with mother of pearl, copper, casein
Object type
Decorative table > Table > Furniture > Living > Utensil
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 145 cm
Diameter 152 cm
Artists Maker: C.F. Post
Accession number Div. M 74 (KN&V)
Credits Overdracht / Transfer: 1993
Department Applied Arts & Design
Acquisition date 1993
Age artist Between 39 and 45 years old
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe
Place of manufacture Amsterdam > North Holland > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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C.F. Post

Lüthorst 1812 - Amsterdam 1857

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