A master craftsman and person of color in a slave society, Thomas Day was born free to mixed-race parents in southern Virginia. He established his furniture making business in Milton, North Carolina, where he attracted customers from among the region’s white planter elite. In 1850 his shop was the largest furniture business in the state. His works, like this secretary, were rural adaptations of the fashionable Late Classical (or Empire) style of the day. But the dramatic scrolls on the front of the glass doors are a signature element of Day’s best designs.
- Attributed to Thomas Day, American, 1801–1861
- Milton, North Carolina
- Height x width: 90 x 45 x 23 in. (228.6 x 114.3 x 58.4 cm)
- Medium or Technique
- Mahogany veneer, mahogany, and maple; pine and poplar as secondary woods.
- Accession Number
- On view
- Lurie-Marks Gallery (Rural Arts) - 138