Slate Table, Birch, white pine, walnut, spruce, American

Slate Table

Date:
1715–35
Geography:
Possibly made in Maine, United States; Possibly made in Massachusetts, United States; Possibly made in New Hampshire, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Birch, white pine, walnut, spruce
Dimensions:
28 1/2 x 35 1/8 x 25 in. (72.4 x 89.2 x 63.5 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
The Sylmaris Collection, Gift of George Coe Graves, 1930
Accession Number:
30.120.56
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 713
This table is distinguished for combining an imported Swiss top with an American- made base. The octagonal top’s slate center is framed by a marquetry border with heraldic motifs in a style characteristic of workshops in eastern Switzerland. The piece may have been used as either a dressing table or a serving table.
descended in the Harris-Quimby family, Stroudwater and Saco, Maine, until 1922; Ross H. Maynard, 1922–1923; Charles Woolsey Lyon, Albany, New York, 1923; George Coe Graves, Osterville, Massachusetts, 1923–1930