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American Decorative Arts

Corner Table

1740–60

Mahogany, eastern white pine, soft maple, black cherry

25 3/4 × 33 7/8 × 17 7/16 in. (65.4 × 86 × 44.3 cm)
other (Open): 32 7/8 in. (83.5 cm)
Bequest of Doris M. Brixey
1984.32.34
The triangular top of this table is diagonally hinged to a similarly shaped drop leaf to form a square top when opened. The Baroque period’s stylistic emphasis on geometry is reiterated in the decoration of the straight skirt, which has pendant half-circles that form scalloping. When the table was not in use, it would have been stored in a corner, with its hanging leaf facing outward.
Geography: 
Possibly made in Boston, Massachusetts
or possibly made in Salem, Massachusetts
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Provenance: 

This table was owned by the collector George Smith Palmer (1855-1934) of Norwich and later New London, Conn. In 1928, Palmer sold the contents of "Westomere," his house in New London, to the dealer Israel Sack of Boston. Sack sent the collection to auction in New York, where this table was acquired by Richard de Wolfe Brixey (Palmer 1928, no. 258). Bequest in 1984 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury, 1st ed., 3 vols. (Framingham, Mass.: Old American Company Publishers, 1928–33), vol. 1, fig. 1063.

Anderson Galleries, New York, The George S. Palmer Collection Removed from “Westomere”, New London, Conn. sold by order of Mr. I. Sack, Boston, Mass., sale cat. (October 18–20, 1928), 114, ill.

Aaron Marc Stein, “English and American Furniture in the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Richard deWolfe Brixey,” Fine Arts 18 (December 1931): n.p., fig. 3.

“Acquisitions 1984,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 39, no. 3 (Winter 1986): 75.

Norman Vandal, Queen Anne Furniture: History, Design, and Construction (Newtown, Conn.: The Taunton Press, 1990), 152, ill.

David L. Barquist, Elisabeth Donaghy Garrett, and Gerald W. R. Ward, American Tables and Looking Glasses in the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 44, 138–40, no. 55, pl. 6, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.