Eighteenth-century households used breakfast tables for a variety of activities, from serving breakfast, tea and other light repasts to sewing, reading, and writing. Their small and compact design made them convenient and easy to store. Descendants of Martha Washington's father, John Dandridge, donated this elegant example. More

Date

c. 1795


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Geography


Material/Technique

Mahogany (top, legs, veneer), pine (inner side rail, end rail, glue blocks, drawer bottom), possibly tulip poplar (outer side rails), light-wood (inlay), ebonized wood (inlay), mastic


Dimensions

Overall (open): 28 3/8 in. x 38 1/2 in. x 33 1/8 in. (72.07 cm x 97.79 cm x 84.14 cm)
Overall (closed): 28 3/8 in. x 18 3/8 in. x 33 1/8 in. (72.07 cm x 46.67 cm x 84.14 cm)


Credit

Gift of Maxwell K. Pribil, 1986


Marks

Scratched into the rear of the underside of top: "IIVX".


Object Number

M-3016


Colors


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