Lady’s Worktable

Date: 1805 - 1810

Tall tables devoted to parlor work such as penmanship, letter writing, and needlework developed in the decades following the Revolutionary War. During this time, genteel ladies showed off their proficiency in these arts, while they also enjoyed group activities in the parlor, such as singing or playing an instrument or reading aloud. The small, reliquary-like tables where their work was stored were designed for personal use rather than these group activities.

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Medium: Mahogany, maple, satinwood, white pine, yellow poplar, and brass

Dimensions: H: 28 7/8 x W:21 1/8 x D: 14 3/8 in.

Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Accession: 1118

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Furniture - American

Tags: Mahogany , White pine , Women , Sewing , Boston

Purchased February 27, 1965 from John S. Walton. From the collection of Col. Guy Walker, Jr. of Beverly, Massachusetts. Illustrated: "John and Thomas Seymour" by Vernon C. Stoneman, Page 228, Figure 140.