STYLE: The construction and style of the table are typical of southeastern Virginia. The pad feet and the beaded edge at the tops of the legs are common features to the area and throughout the early South.
CONSTRUCTION: This table is typical of many examples from southeastern Virginia with deep rails and straight molded legs with pad feet. The walnut and yellow pine frame is dovetailed with finger hinges that protrude through the frame. This piece is slightly unusual in that its top was originally more round than oval, an unusual shape in early dining tables. Large square wooden pegs secure the top and the frame.
The Mayo family of Virginia was founded by Joseph’s father, William Mayo (1685-1744), a prominent surveyor famous for his published maps of Barbados and the Northern Neck of Virginia, as well as his service with William Byrd on the commission to survey the border between North Carolina and Virginia in 1728. In 1737, he laid out the early city of Richmond.