Oval table with falling leaves


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

This spectacular walnut table is as fine as any made in colonial America. Its multiple turned legs and gate-like supports create a virtual forest of baluster turnings. In stark contrast to the rectilinearity of seventeenth-century tables, the gentle elliptical curve of its top invited conviviality and conversation among those seated around it. The narrow width of leather and cane chairs of this period were ideal for use among the multiple legs on tables like these.

Oval table with falling leaves, Black walnut, white pine, American

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