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Coralie

Cocktail Table

By The Seashore Art Piece

By the Seashore, 1883. Auguste Renoir. H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 824

Inspiration & Interpretation

“Auguste Renoir’s 1883 painting “Seashore,” depicts an elegant woman sitting in a wicker chair on the coast of Normandy. Renoir’s portrait invites the viewer to contemplate the subtle power of the feminine through the stately portrayal of this woman on the shore, which calls to mind Trappist monk Thomas Merton’s famous poem, “Hagia Sophia” when he writes, “There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silence that is a fount of action and joy. It rises up in wordless gentleness and flows out to me from the unseen roots of all created beings, welcoming me tenderly, and saluting me with indescribable humility. This is at once my own being, my own nature, and the Gift of my Creator’s Thought and Art within me, speaking as Hagia Sophia, speaking as my sister, Wisdom.”

Our dynamic, evocative, and bright Coralie cocktail table marries the woman’s elegance in “Seashore” with the origins of the universe itself. Sitting atop intricate custom metalwork to resemble the wicker chair in Renoir’s painting is a round inch-thick piece of layered glass to mimic the waves of the seashore. The dark blue hues around the edges—holding glowing amber and green—with radiant, explosive yellowish-green at the center make for a design that will feel undeniably cosmic. For some it will be interpreted as the Big Bang; for others, as God speaking the universe into existence as is detailed in Genesis 1. When I look at this piece, I am reminded of Mary, the mother of Jesus, through whom God saved the world; and of Renoir’s painting in which the woman’s blue eyes and dignified stature portray that she holds some kind of secret to the universe.

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Coralie Cocktail Table

"There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silence that is a fount of action and joy. It rises up in wordless gentleness and flows out to me from the unseen roots of all created beings, welcoming me tenderly, and saluting me with indescribable humility."

Thomas Merton

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Dynamic, Evocative, Bright

48″ round x 20″H, 270lbs.

*Limited Edition – Only 70 Available

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“The three strands represent faith, hope, and love; or the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The glass top represents God, The Head of Creation. More powerful than anything we can imagine and sovereign over humanity.”

— Ernest Hershberger, Founder of Abner Henry

Coralie Cocktail Table