Slate-topped table


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 74


Overall: 71 x 101 x 63 cm (27 15/16 x 39 3/4 x 24 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, pine, various woods, slate

On View

Burton A. Cleaves Gallery (Gallery LG27)




Tables, stands, screens

The slate top is surrounded by an octagonal frame featuring a fancy, marquetry panel made of different-colored woods. This tabletop was imported from Switzerland; its more subdued base, with turned legs and stretchers and a drawer with a scalloped skirt, was made in Boston. Slate-top tables were popular for mixing and serving drinks, as the slate could withstand the drips and spills that would damage a wooden top.


Belonged formerly to Daniel Staniford of Boston whose grandfather is said to have used it as his desk when teaching school.

Credit Line

Gift of Mark T. Wendell