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International Decorative Art

Traccia Table with Bird’s Feet

Traccia Table with Bird’s Feet

Design Date
1939

Designer
Meret Oppenheim (1913–1985, Swiss)

Manufacturer
Simon International, Italy

Media
metal and gilded wood

Dimensions
25 1/4 x 26 5/8 x 21 inches

This table is a surrealist piece of furniture made while International Style was popular. Meret Oppenheim was a German-born Swiss artist and designer best known for her teacup lined with fur, now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Oppenheim created this table in 1939 at the height of the surrealist movement but it was not serially reproduced until the 1970s by the firm Simon International. Traccia means footprint in Italian. The claw feet forming the legs of the table reference an imaginative bird as do the footprints at the top of the gold leaf table. The claw feet could also be said to playfully reference “claw-foot” design of previous eras.

Not currently on view

Markings
unmarked

Credit Line
Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number
2014.0208

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