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Worktable

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Furniture forms became increasingly specialized in the late-eighteenth century. This worktable was made especially for women, to store sewing equipment and materials. It has two drawers and a sliding frame that holds the attached bag. The inventory of the Oak Hill parlor lists a worktable at $15.

Inscription

"N 1" in chalk on underside of lower drawer bottom.

Provenance

Early history not known, bequest of Priscilla G. Hall. See Notes re: provenance of identical mate in private collection.

Credit Line

Bequest of Priscilla G. Hall

1800–10

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

71.12 x 49.85 x 39.05 cm (28 x 19 5/8 x 15 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1990.172

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, burl veneer, satinwood veneer, rosewood and holly inlay Mussey: Mahogany with crotch- and plin-grain satinwood and unidentified burlwood veneers; eastern white pine, and an unidentified dense, exotic wood for the drawer sides and bag-slide rails; brass

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Furniture, Tables, Stands, and Screens