Shaker Pine and Chestnut Laundry Table, Enfield, Connecticut, c. 1840, the top with breadboard ends on the mortise and through-tenoned cross base joined by double medial stretchers, old surface, (top with surface wear), ht. 27, wd. 57, dp. 33 3/4 in.
Literature: Shaker Furniture: The Craftsmanship of an American Communal Sect, plate 6; Shaker: Furniture and Objects, p. 60; The Magazine Antiques, May 1979; The Book of Shaker Furniture, p. 252; Gather Up the Fragments, p. 329.
Exhibitions: Whitney Museum, 1935, #12; Renwick, 1973.
Ted Andrews's unpublished notes on the Andrews Collection contain the following references: "Found at the Enfield, Conn. settlement in 1929. Top in pine: base, ash. A strongly built piece, possibly for shop use. Stretchers are mortised into leg posts." The top of this table consists of two pine boards with breadboard ends. The Andrewses stated in Shaker Furniture that this table was used as an ironing table at Enfield. The sawbuck, or X-trestle, base of this table would have made for a sturdy work surface.
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