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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.
tables (support furniture)
Norway spruce (wood)
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.
In pencil and chalk: ""X"" ""Barstow side table""
27 1/2 x 47 x 46 1/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of Dr. L. Vernon Briggs
Jobe, Brock and Myrna Kaye. New England Furniture: The Colonial Era. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984.
Massachusetts (United States)