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