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Joinery Work Table

Work Table. Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.Artist/Maker: Unspecified[1]

Created: c. 1800

Origin/Purchase: Monticello Joinery

Materials: mahogany; yellow pine and tulip poplar

Dimensions: 69.9 x 39.7 x closed (77.5 extended) x 45.4 (27 1/4 x 15 5/8 x closed [30 1/2 extended] x 17 7/8 in.)

Location: South Square Room

Provenance: Martha Jefferson Randolph; by descent to Virginia and Nicholas Trist; by descent to Frances Maury Burke; by gift to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in 1929

Accession Number: 1929-2

Historical Notes: This small drop-leaf work table was used by Martha Jefferson Randolph for sewing. The faces of the drawers have a scratch bead, and the base is surrounded by a large astragal molding; both features are typical of Monticello joinery craftsmanship. Among Monticello-made furniture, the reeding on the front is unique. The dust board is attached in exactly the same manner as the shelves on the joinery-made dumbwaiters.


  1. This article is based on Stein, Worlds, 288.
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