Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts
Overall: 71 x 101 x 63 cm (27 15/16 x 39 3/4 x 24 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Maple, pine, various woods, slate
Burton A. Cleaves Gallery (Gallery LG27)
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.
Gift of Mark T. Wendell