Otis House

Pier Table

As one of the founders of the textile industry in Lowell, Massachusetts, Nathan Appleton accumulated wealth beyond dreams. Therefore, when he and his wife began work on a new house in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1817, they were able to commission the best available furnishings. This pier table was one such piece, made to fit between the windows in the bowed end of the family’s formal parlor. Pier tables were a popular furniture form at the beginning of the nineteenth century. They often had large mirrors placed over them which multiplied the effect of the light coming in from the windows.

Vose, Coates & Co., maker
Boston, Mass., 1818,
Rosewood, marble, ormolu