- 16th century
Fashion designer, Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel, originally installed this wooden dining table in the dining room at Villa La Pausa, and it remained part of the villa's decor through the residency of Wendy and Emery Reves. One of the hallmarks of La Pausa was simplicity, a characteristic that applied not only to decoration but also to etiquette. Lunches and dinners were not served at table but as a buffet. The height of the seats of the Louis XIII-style chairs that Chanel originally paired with this table meant that it was not always possible to sit comfortably at the neo-Gothic table, whose source was probably an English grammar school.
DMA Label Copy (1985.R.590.A-B)
Olivier Meslay and Martha MacLeod, From Chanel to Reves (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 2015), 20.