Table, from a dining set
On View In:
Gallery 300
Artist:   Frank Lloyd Wright
Matthews Brothers Furniture Company  
Title:   Table, from a dining set  
Date:   1904  
Medium:   Oak, metal  
Dimensions:   28 3/4 x 54 3/4 x 60 3/16 in. (73.03 x 139.07 x 152.88 cm) (overall, without leaves)  
Credit Line:   Gift of funds from the Regis Corporation  
Location:   Gallery 300  

Frank Lloyd Wright designed this imposing dining room suite for the house of Mr. and Mrs. George Barton in Buffalo, New York. Delta Barton was the sister of Darwin D. and William E. Martin, two of Wright's most important commercial and residential clients. The Martins awarded Wright nine commissions in Chicago and Buffalo, including the Larkin Administration Building, home of a mail-order business founded by John Larkin and Elbert Hubbard, who went on to lead the Arts and Crafts group called the Roycrofters. Wright designed the Barton house and its furnishings to complement the grander house of Darwin D. Martin. The dining chairs resemble other early Wright chairs in having tall backs decorated with narrow vertical spindles connected to a broad crest rail. Grouped around the table, the tall backs create a "room within a room." The unusual octagonal motif of the spindles continues in the table's base and legs. Soon after the Bartons' house was completed, Mrs. Barton gave her dining set to her brother William E. Martin, who commissioned Wright to design a table and chairs for the breakfast room of his Chicago house. These two suites are the only designs in which Wright used octagonal elements.

Name:   Wright, Frank Lloyd  
Role:   Designer  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   American, 1867-1959  
Name:   Matthews Brothers Furniture Company  
Role:   Maker  
Life Dates:   Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1857-1937  

Object Description  
Classification:   Furniture  
Physical Description:   Four heavy octagonal legs with casters; legs on short sides connected by a screen of four-sided spindles; long octagonal spindles connect screens  
Creation Place:   North America, United States, , New York, Buffalo  
Accession #:   99.29.1a-c  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts