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Oblong Revolving Table
Origin/Purchase: Monticello Joinery
Dimensions: 73.7 x 94 x 75.2 (29 x 37 x 29 5/8 in.)
Provenance: Thomas Jefferson; by descent to Thomas Jefferson Randolph; by descent to Carolina Ramsay Randolph; by bequst to R.T.W. Duke; by descent to Helen Duke; by purchase to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in 1951
Accession Number: 1951-3
Historical Notes:Together with the revolving chair and a Windsor bench, this table was one of three essential components the novel reading-and-writing arrangement in Jefferson's Cabinet. The table was substantially altered in the Monticello joinery, and probably was made there as well.
The initial table top was rectangular. A round revolving top was later attached with a bolt in the center to enable the top to rotate. The table's apron was cut away on two sides so that Jefferson could sit comfortably, and two stretchers were appended to stabilize the legs. To allow the table to be easily moved, small wheels were affixed to the slightly tapering legs.