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Bureau Table

Date:
1750–65
Geography:
Possibly made in Middletown, New Jersey, United States; Possibly made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Walnut, tulip poplar, white pine, white cedar
Dimensions:
31 3/4 x 35 1/2 x 20 3/4 in. (80.6 x 90.2 x 52.7 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Andrew V. and Ethel D. Stout Fund, 1951
Accession Number:
51.126
Not on view
The Philadelphia origin of this bureau table is suggested because its case width is equal to its overall height, proportions that match a description in the 1772 Philadelphia Price Book. The prospect door, however, is tall and narrow in the mid-century manner. Most other known Philadelphia bureau tables have details which suggest a later, post–1765 date. The table's history of ownership in Middletown, Monmouth County, New Jersey, brings up the question of whether it was brought there from Philadelphia or made there by Philadelphia-trained craftsmen.
descended in the Wikoff family, Monmouth County, New Jersey; Louise Hartshorne, Middletown, New Jersey, until 1951
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