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Worktable

Date:
1800–1810
Geography:
Made in Salem, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, mahogany and birch veneers with white pine, mahogany
Dimensions:
30 1/2 x 21 x 16 1/4 in. (77.5 x 53.3 x 41.3 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
18.110.40
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 729
The worktable was one of the few gender-specific pieces of domestic furniture. A woman would have stored sewing supplies in the upholstered bag and written letters on the hinged writing surface stored in the drawer above.
George S. Palmer, New London, Connecticut, until 1918
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