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2731M Marlborough
June 15, 2014 12:00 PMCalender

Shaker Cherry and Butternut Drop-leaf Table

Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2731M Location: Marlborough Date / Time: June 15, 2014 12:00PM


Shaker Cherry and Butternut Drop-leaf Table, Sister's shop, Canaan, New York, early 19th century, rectangular overhanging drop-leaf top on a straight apron with two scratch-beaded drawers, one on each side, with turned wooden pulls, supported on square tapering legs, old mellow surface, ht. 28, closed wd. 13, open wd. 27 1/4, lg. 36 in.

Provenance: John Roberts, Canaan, New York, to Faith Andrews.

Literature: Religion in Wood, p. 79.

This double drop-leaf table represents Shaker craftsmanship at its most austere. It is finished in a red wash. The square legs taper in thickness from the skirt to the floor. A similarly plain double drop leaf table exists from the Watervliet, New York, community (see Rieman and Burks, Encyclopedia, pp. 232-233). Tapered leg Shaker tables were also made at New Lebanon, New York, Hancock, Massachusetts, and Enfield, Connecticut.

Estimate $8,000-12,000

Missing two pieces of wood next to the legs, (hidden by the drop leaves), small schrinkage crack on the top.

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Canaan, Faith Andrews, John Roberts, Massachusetts, Enfield, Hancock, Connecticut