Worktable

about 1808
William Hook (American, 1777–1867)


Object Place: Salem, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 100

Dimensions

73.0 x 51.4 x 39.5 cm (28 3/4 x 20 1/4 x 15 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

39.555

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, satinwood, pine

On View

C. Kevin and G. Barrie Landry Gallery (Gallery 126)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Tables, stands, screens

A lady’s worktable held fancy needlework and other sewing materials in its hanging bag, as well as writing papers, quills, and other tools in the drawer or interior compartments. Such tables were small and lightweight so that they could be moved easily-placed next to a sofa or chair or stored against the wall. Hook made this table as a wedding present for his sister Hannah, who married Peter Folsom in 1809.

Provenance

Made in 1808-09 by William Hook as a wedding present to his sister Hannah, who married Peter Folsom on August 17, 1809; this work table was part of a group of objects in the collection made for this occasion (see also 38.67, 39.556, 39.557, and 39.379); it descended in the Folsom family and was lent by Hook's grandniece, Mrs. John B. M. Mactaggart (born Elsie B. Folsom), March 17, 1942; converted to a gift in 1955.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. John B. M. Mactaggart