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Bureau Table

Date:
1750–90
Geography:
Made in Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, white pine, white oak
Dimensions:
30 x 38 7/8 x 22 5/8 in. (76.2 x 98.7 x 57.5 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Bequest of Ella V. Dering, 1930
Accession Number:
30.44
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 717
The block-front form was widely popular in Massachusetts, and many pieces have a history of ownership in Boston. Those similar to this example—with horizontal proportions, Rococo brasses, and flat blocking—can be dated somewhat later than others. The pattern of the detailing on this table, a central semicircle flanked by ogee curves, was one of the most common.
Inscription: stamped twice on the back of the door's H hinges: 162; inscribed in pencil on the bottom of the kneehole-cupboard unit: Finished by A. H. Evans. August 10 1898
Thomas Dering, Boston, until died 1785; General Sylvester Dering, 1785–died 1820; Nicoll Havens Dering, until died 1867; General Sylvester Dering II, after 1867; his wife, Ella Virginia Dering, Utica, New York, until died 1930
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