Drop-leaf Table

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1785-1805

GUSN

GUSN-32465

Description

Drop-leaf table. Mahogany; beech hinge rails; white pine side rails. Rectangular molded top and leaves. Top and leaves each composed of one board. Frame secured to top by six screws. No support blocks. Apron has squared skirt. Rests on serpentine molded Marlborough legs.

Details

Descriptive Terms

dropleaf tables
tables (support furniture)
beech (wood)
mahogany (wood)
Norway spruce (wood)
Chippendale
Mahogany
Beech
Pine
Chippendale
Table

Label

The square, fluted legs of this drop leaf table demonstrate an alternative to the earlier cabriole legs. Referred to as Marlborough legs, they reveal the work of a cabinetmaker influenced by English interpretations of Chinese design. The table resided in the home of the prosperous couple John and Betsey Barstow, whose fathers jointly owned the shipyard in Hanover, Massachusetts. The Barstows likely purchased the table to commemorate a pivotal event in their lives, such as their marriage in 1788, the construction of their home at Broad Oak Farm in Hanover in 1792, or the expansion of their house in 1797.

Inscription

In pencil and chalk: ""X"" ""Barstow side table""

Maker

Unknown

Dimensions

27 1/2 x 47 x 46 1/8 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. L. Vernon Briggs

Accession Number

1928.1307

Reference Notes

Jobe, Brock and Myrna Kaye. New England Furniture: The Colonial Era. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984.

Places

Massachusetts (United States)