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Oval table with falling leaves

Date:
1690–1720
Geography:
Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Black walnut, white pine
Dimensions:
29 3/4 x 74 1/2 x 71 in. (75.6 x 189.2 x 180.3 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1909
Accession Number:
10.125.129
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 713
This spectacular walnut table is as fine as any made in colonial America. Its multiple turned legs and gate-like supports create a virtual forest of baluster turnings. In stark contrast to the rectilinearity of seventeenth-century tables, the gentle elliptical curve of its top invited conviviality and conversation among those seated around it. The narrow width of leather and cane chairs of this period were ideal for use among the multiple legs on tables like these.
with Leonard's Auction Rooms, Boston, ca. 1890–1895; H. Eugene Bolles, Boston, by 1895–1909; [Mrs. Russell Sage, New York, 1909]
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