Dining Table

Date: 1800–1825

Geography: Made in Hancock, Massachusetts, United States

Culture: American, Shaker

Medium: Pine, maple, basswood

Dimensions: 28 1/2 x 31 1/4 x 96 1/2 in. (72.4 x 79.4 x 245.1 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1966

Accession Number: 66.10.1

Description

Believers ate meals at communal tables like this one. The form is based on medieval trestle tables, but the location of the medial stretcher directly underneath the top (rather than the standard placement just above the floor) is a Shaker innovation.

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