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Artist/Maker: Unspecified

Created: Unknown

Origin/Purchase: Paris

Materials: marble, brass, and cherry

Dimensions: 71.3 × 65.1 (28 1/16 × 25 5/8 in.)

Location: Tea Room

Provenance: Thomas Jefferson; by descent to Robert Mann Randolph; by purchase to Jefferson Randolph Anderson; by descent to a private collection

Historical Notes: This marble top was one of four that returned to America with Jefferson's household furnishings in 1790.[1] It is the only one made of Brescia marble and also the sole top to survive with its perforated gallery intact. The skirt, a simple drum, is supported by square, slightly tapering legs terminating in wooden rollers affixed to the legs with metal collars. The table has no carved ornamentation of any kind.

- Text from Stein, Worlds, 308


  1. ^ Grevin packing list, July 17, 1790, William Short Papers, Library of Congress. See also Short to Jefferson, November 7, 1790, in PTJ, 18:37n. The accompanying editorial note, available at Founders Online, includes extensive data on the 86 crates packed by Grevin.