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Side Table

Roanoke River Basin School
Place Made:
Warren County North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
walnut, poplar, yellow pine
HOA: 27 3/4; WOA: 28 1/2; DOA: 21 1/2
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: One-drawer side table: rails and legs molded on edges; drawer supports and braces for top are wrought-nailed to leg stiles; top secured from inside frame with screws; top is molded with scalloped corners; top leg stiles feature molded corners; straight cabriole legs with pad feet; drawer retains its original cast pewter knob clinched on the interior.

STYLE: Turned-leg, pad-foot tables of various descriptions were made in considerable quantities in the North Carolina Roanoke River Valley region, and most of them are very difficult to date precisely. Stylistically, they are exact parallels of small urban or “vernacular” British furniture, which is equally difficult to date.

GROUP: This example is identified with the Roanoke River Basin school (encompassing Warren, Halifax, Northampton, Bertie, and Hertford counties) due to the form of its turned feet, which have a distinctive cove beneath the foot disk. Another characteristic of the school, and one particularly associated with the Sharrock family, is the drawer construction; the bottom is dadoed to the sides and front in conventional fashion, but glue blocks are set into the bevels of the bottom.

WOODS: walnut with poplar drawer liner; yellow pine drawer supports and guides.

HISTORY: This table descended in the family of Joseph Farrar Allen (1802-1889) of Allendale Plantation in Franklin County, North Carolina. Its original owner may have been his grandfather, Major Charles Allen (1730-1807), who migrated from Lunenburg County, Virginia, to present-day Warren County in 1763, and served as an officer in the North Carolina 5th Regiment during the American Revolution. Likewise, it might be the “1 Old Table” acquired by his maternal grandmother, Judith (Farrar) Bowden (1742-1837), from the Warren County estate of his grandfather, John Bowden (c.1740-1826). By 1826 this table would have been approximately fifty years old and noticably old-fashioned.

Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase Fund