This medium-size table with single drawer represents the sort of utilitarian form that could be placed against a wall or pulled out into a room as usage re­quired. The design, with the single lower stretcher and high front and back stretch­ers, appears in the seventeenth century. However, the use of maple rather than oak and the crisp vase and paired-vase turnings, which relate to the stretcher de­sign of early easy chairs of about 1715–30, indicate a later origin.

Technical notes: Eastern white pine (top, right drawer runner), soft maple (left front leg). The drawer construction is dovetailed, the flat bottom let into the sides and back.

Related examples: Sack 1950, p. 236; Nutting 1962, no. 854.

Book excerpt: Warren, David B., Michael K. Brown, Elizabeth Ann Coleman, and Emily Ballew Neff. American Decorative Arts and Paintings in the Bayou Bend Collection. Houston: Princeton Univ. Press, 1998.


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Maker
American
Title
Table with Drawer
Date
c. 1715–1730
Medium
Eastern white pine and soft maple
Dimensions
29 1/4 × 43 1/4 × 27 3/8 in. (74.3 × 109.9 × 69.5 cm)
Credit Line

The Bayou Bend Collection, gift of Miss Ima Hogg

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
B.58.145
Classification
Furniture
Provenance

E. Ross Millhiser (1894–1971), by July 24, 1957; [Ginsburg & Levy, 1957–1958]; purchased by Miss Ima Hogg, 1958; given to MFAH.