Provenance: Thomas Jefferson; by descent to Thomas Jefferson Randolph; by descent to Alex B. Randall and Burton H. R. Randall; by gift to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in 1927
Accession Number: 1927-61
Historical Notes: This unusual mahogany table was specifically conceived for drawing. The adjustable top lifts up, and can be tilted to the angle desired by the user. The sliding supports for the top, encased in the front legs when closed, have had extra notches cut into them to allow the top to be raised higher for Jefferson, who was six feet two and a half inches tall. The square, very slightly tapering legs have a carved panel topped by a semicircle; it was this ornamental motif that was copied on a Monticello-made side table by John Hemmings and his helpers in the Joiner's Shop on Mulberry Row. The legs terminate in brass cup casters. The brass bail pull on the single drawer is a replacement.
2. Jefferson, July 24, 1789, in MB, 1:738. Transcription available at Founders Online. See also Grevin packing list, July 17, 1790, William Short Papers, Library of Congress, and Short to Jefferson, November 7, 1790, in PTJ, 18:36n, for the contents of case thirty-nine on the Grevin packing list. Editorial note available at Founders Online.
3. Adrien Petit's List of Packages Sent to Richmond, [ca. May 12, 1793], in PTJ, 26:19. Transcription available at Founders Online.