Worktable

1805-1815
Carving attributed to Samuel Field McIntire (American, 1780–1819)


Object Place: Salem, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 103

Dimensions

Overall: 74.3 x 44.5 x 44.5 cm (29 1/4 x 17 1/2 x 17 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

61.1289

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, mahogany veneer, pine

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Tables, stands, screens

The small worktable is serpentine on all four sides, and at each corner of the top is a demi-lune projection decorated with concentric half circles. There are three drawers with circular brass pulls; the upper drawer is fitted with compartments for pen and ink and with a rising desk flap covered with green baize. The middle drawer is divided for sewing equipment with two small compartments around three sides of a large compartment, which is lined with blue-green painted paper. The third drawer is the bag slide and has a beaded lower edge. The half-round stiles of the legs are carved with roses on a star-punched ground. The tapered and reeded legs have narrow necks both above and below the reedings. The foot is composed of a flattened ball turning amd a long shank capped with a brass cup caster.

Inscription

On underside of writing flap: "Ethel M. Corrie Age 15 Years" and "Gillien Moseley / Salem, Mass."

Provenance

On the underside of the writing flap are written the names of Ethel M. Corrie and Gillien Moseley of Salem, Mass., suggesting that the table probably belonged to one of these Salem families;1961, year-end gift of Miss Evelyn Sears. (Accession Date: December 20, 1961)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Evelyn Sears