|Description||Adjustable etagere or sideboard table. Top is rectangular with beveled corners. The trestle legs have curved scroll feet on casters. There is a center shelf below the top, and a pierced stretcher between the two legs with a center ball finial. The top pulls up to adjust the height. Made in the United States. Etagere measures 32.5 inches high x 42 inches wide x 21.5 inches deep.|
|Acquisition||Gift of Barbara Meyer|
|Ownership and History||
The adjustable etagere was an uncommon furniture form. It was an expensive, upper-class piece, for people with large dining rooms.
This etagere is associated with the Louis H. Meyer family, who resided on an estate known as Fox Villa in the Fort Wadsworth area of Staten Island, New York. Mr. Meyer, a prominent businessman, was the first president of the Staten Island Savings Bank, and he and his wife Anna lavished money on their twenty-acre estate. Contemporary descriptions noted that the house had more than twenty bedrooms, and a dining room that could seat 60. He imported trees and shrubs from Europe to create romantic vistas on the property, built greenhouses for tropical fruit, and constructed a grotto where he produced Shakespearean plays.
Meyer, Louis H.
Meyer, Anna Charlotte (Luling)
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