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Drop-leaf table

1963.128 (RS33287)

Description

Drop-leaf table. Hard maple with cherry side rails. Rectangular top with semicircular drop leaves. Leaves fold out to form a round top. Top and leaves have ovolo-molded outer edge. Plain edges on skirt of leaves. Ogee arch molding on skirt of rectangular top. Top secured with wooden pins driven through top into frame. Straight cabriole legs terminate in footed pad feet. Initials "EC" written underneath one leaf in chalk.

Details

Label
Cabriole legs rather than heavier turned legs with stretchers support this Newbury maple drop leaf table produced around 1740-1770. As elaborate turnings fell from fashion, Massachusetts residents like the Coffin family of Newbury, who owned this table, desired the more delicate look offered by the cabriole leg. The lack of stretchers and the newly fashionable coved edge of the table top add to this table's modern appearance. Its maker adhered to the latest craftsmanship technique. To support the leaves, two of the legs, diagonally opposite each other, swing open. The Coffin family used this dropleaf table for generations after prosperous tanner Joshua Coffin originally purchased it. The initials “EC,” which appear on the underside of one leaf in chalk, stand for Edmund Coffin, Joshua's son, who inherited the table from his father.<br/>
Maker
unknown
Date
1740-1770
Inscriptions
See description.
Location of origin
Newbury, MA
Material
cherry (wood)
maple (wood)
Object type
Furniture
Descriptive terms
Cherry
cherry (wood)
dropleaf tables
Maple
maple (wood)
Queen Anne
TABLE
tables (support furniture)
Unidentified Metal
Dimensions
27 5/8 x 50 1/4 x 48 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1963.128
GUSN
25090

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