Hans Daniel Sommer / Center Table / about 1680Hans Daniel Sommer
Center Table
about 1680

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Creator Name: Sommer, Hans Daniel
Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1643 - 1685
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Hans Daniel Sommer
Title: Center Table
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1670
Creation End Date: 1690
Creation Date: about 1680
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Furniture
Materials and Techniques: marquetry of tortoise shell,brass,pewter,hardstone, ebony, horn, mother-of-pearl
Dimensions: H.32 x W.41 x D.27 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 80.55
Credit Line: Gift of Funds from Mr. and Mrs. Atherton Bean and the John R. Van Derlip Fund
Rights: http://www.artsmia.org/restrictions.html

Hans Daniel Sommer was from a family of German cabinetmakers, many of whom had worked in France and were well versed in the elaborate decorative techniques favored by the French court. Sommer established his own workshop in western Germany in the 1660s and made ornate baroque furniture for the German nobility.

Sommer specialized in marquetry--thin, decorative veneers made from various materials. He created the arabesques, or scrolling patterns, found at the center of this tabletop from pewter and tortoiseshell. Laying thin sheets of the two materials on top of each other, he cut them out together, with the aid of a paper pattern, to ensure that the designs would match when assembled. The table, which would have stood in the center of a room, has a decorative border formed from pieces of hard stone, brass, and ebony, and figures made from mother-of-pearl.

Acquired in 1980 80.55

AMICA ID: MIA_.80.55
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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