Marble-slab table, Mahogany, marble, American

Marble-slab table

Date:
1760–70
Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, marble
Dimensions:
30 1/4 x 49 3/4 x 26 in. (76.8 x 126.4 x 66 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund; The Sylmaris Collection, Gift of George Coe Graves and Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, by exchange; and funds from various donors, 1961
Accession Number:
61.84
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 722
This table was made for the Philadelphia merchant Benjamin Marshall (1737–1778) at the time of his marriage, in 1761, to Sarah Lynn (1739–1797). Marble-slab tables were used for serving beverages and hot foods. The skirt of this example is finished on only three sides, since the back of the table faced the wall.
Benjamin Marshall, Philadelphia, after 1761; his wife, Sarah Marshall, Philadelphia 1778–died 1797; her daughter, Hannah Haines, 1797–died 1828; her son, Reuben Haines, 1828–died 1843; his daughter, Margaret Brown Haines; Robert B. Haines, Germantown, Pennsylvania, until 1960; David and David Gallery, Philadelphia, 1960–1961