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Sideboard

Artist/Maker:
Donald, George __Attributed to
Place Made:
Richmond Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
1760-1770
Medium:
walnut
Dimensions:
HOA: 31 1/4; WOA: 47 3/4; DOA: 24 1/4
Accession Number:
2023.8
Description:
DESCRIPTION: Sideboard table, heavy battened top supported by molding skirting the apron; the whole supported by four straight legs, chamfered on inside corners and with molded outer corners; decorated with open-work brackets in the leg corners; applied molding around lower edge of apron; top consists of two boards with mitered edge pieces.

The design of this sideboard table may have been inspired by a similar piece illustrated on Plate 50 of the third edition of Thomas Chippendale’s Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director. (London: 1762). This table differs from the engraving in having more elaborate brackets, a wooden top with mitered battens (rather than marble), and beaded legs (the latter probably represents a concession to local style). (LB)

MAKER: The use of the quatrefoil knot on furniture has been identified as a Scottish feature, and during the period spanning from 1735 to 1818, no other ethnic group in America has been associated with this design on furniture. The attributed maker of this table, George Donald was born in 1713 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and worked as a cabinetmaker in Richmond, Virginia, from 1757 until his death in 1776. For more information about Donald see April Strader Bullin, “Research Note: The Scottish Cabinetmaking School of Colonial Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia,” MESDA Journal, 2015, http://www.mesdajournal.org/2015/research-note-scottish-cabinetmaking-school-colonial-richmond-petersburg-virginia/

History:
This table was found in Chesterfield County, Virginia.
Credit Line:
Anonymous Gift