Work Table

Date: 1820–50

Geography: Made in New Lebanon, New York, United States

Culture: American, Shaker

Medium: Walnut, cherry, butternut, pine, basswood

Dimensions: 25 x 29 1/8 x 18 1/8 in. (63.5 x 74 x 46 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1966

Accession Number: 66.10.17


This Shaker sewing or work table has both front and side drawers to maximize storage space and facilitate the use of the table by more than one worker. The tapered legs and overhanging rectangular top suggest that the maker was familiar with the Neoclassical designs made famous by George Hepplewhite's The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide (1788).