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.
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.