Table and shelving unit from Muse Bar, the home bar of Isaiah Muse

Created by
Used by
Muse, Isaiah, American, 1919 - 2012
wood, metal and vinyl
H x W x D: 84 × 64 × 13 in. (213.4 × 162.6 × 33 cm) total a and b
Weight (Weight of shelf): 41 lb. (18.6 kg)
Weight (Weight of table): 25 lb. (11.3 kg)
Weight (Combined weight): 66 lb. (29.9 kg)
H x W x D for a only (table): 21 1/2 (22 1/2 including the edge lip) x 74 x 13 3/4 in
cocktail lounges
Place used
South Shore, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
A wooden table (.1) and shelving unit (.2a-e) with decorative metal lattice.
The table (.1) is fabricated from two (2) end tables that are connected via a plank of wood that is nailed across the tops of each table, to form one unit. Each of the end tables have flat, rectangular tops, four (4) straight legs, and a V-shaped lower shelf, traditionally used for storage and display of books or magazines. The plank is unfinished wood, trimmed on three (3) edges with frame strips. The wood plank is topped with a sheet of red vinyl that is heavily worn.
The shelving unit (.2) is made of metal. The unit has five (5) shelves, and each shelf covered with the same red vinyl as the table. The unit has eight (8) fixed legs, each of which runs the full height of the unit, so that each shelf is separated into three segments. Five (5) legs are topped with a pyramid-shaped cap, while the other three (3) caps are missing. The shelving unit has four (4) removable side panels (a-e), each in a molded lattice pattern. There are two (2) gold-colored metal chains bolted to the shelving unit, one at the proper left top front corner and one at the proper right top front corner. Each chain is 11 links long. The chains were used to anchor the shelving unit to the wall.
African American
Domestic life
United States--Social life and customs
Urban life
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Cassandra Fay Smith
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 1, C1 053
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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