Tilt-Top Tripod Table

Tilt-Top Tripod Table. Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.Artist/Maker: Unknown[1]

Created: Unknown

Origin/Purchase: Philadelphia or New York City

Materials: mahogany

Dimensions: H: 73.7 x D ot top: 44.5 (29 x 17 1/2 in.)

Location: Dining Room

Provenance: Thomas Jefferson; by descent to Virginia and Nicholas Trist; by descent to Martha Jefferson Trist Burke; by gift to Fanny E. Cole in 1882; by descent to Mrs. M.T. Barrier; by purchase to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in 1938

Accession Number: 1938-25

Historical Notes: The table at right is one of several tilt-top tables with a family history connecting it with the Monticello joinery. Although its construction suggests that it was made in New York or Philadelphia, a descendant wrote:

"This little Mahogany Table was made at Monticello-by Thomas Jefferson's cabinetmakers-"Daddy" Hemmings a slave of T. Jefferson who had his capable servants taught-so that if they ever were forced by circumstances to leave the family-to be able to support themselves-...The table a Candle-Stand and so arranged as to be either a light source or fire screen..."[2]


  1. This article is based on Stein, Worlds, 258.
  2. Affidavit, Harry Randolph Burke, May 7, 1938, Accession file, Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

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