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Gateleg Table

Place Made:
Eastern Shore Maryland United States of America
Date Made:
1740-1760
Medium:
walnut –yellow pine –oak –ash
Dimensions:
HOA: 27 5/8″; WOA: 55″
DOA: 18″ closed; 62″ open
Accession Number:
5427
Description:
DESCRIPTION: Gateleg table with two half circle drop leaves with barrel joints; drawer on one end with wooden knob pull; block and column leg with flared feet; box-stretcher with beaded molding; gate-stretchers mortised through posts.

RELATED OBJECTS: The MESDA Object Database has records of two other gateleg tables from eastern Maryland that share similar characteristics, such as the shape of the turned columns and the “Spanish” or “Brush” feet (Refer to MESDA research files S-8667 and NN-1150).

The feet of this table echo the “Spanish” or “Brush” feet seen on chairs and tables from the first part of the eighteenth century, particularly in New England. On this table they demonstrate a simplified stylistic holdover from an earlier tradition.

History:
Recorded by MESDA’s Maryland field research and later acquired by Frank L. Horton. The table came from the estate of David M. Perine (1796-1882) of “Homeland,” Baltimore County, MD.
Credit Line:
Gift of Frank L. Horton