Slate-topped table

1700–20


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 74

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

41.704

Medium or Technique

Maple, pine, various woods, slate

On View

Burton A. Cleaves Gallery (Gallery LG27)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

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.

Provenance

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