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. Family tradition maintains that this breakfast table was presented by George Washington's step- grandson, George Washington Parke Custis, to Rosalie M. Van Zandt on the occasion of her 1837 marriage to James Mortimer Smith. More

Date

1795-1805


Geography


Material/Technique

Mahogany (top, legs, veneer), yellow poplar (inner side rails, drawer rail, end rail, drawer runner, drawer sides and back), oak (outer side rails), pine (drawer bottom), light-wood (inlay), ebonized wood (inlay)


Dimensions

Overall (closed): 28 1/8 in. x 20 11/16 in. x 13 3/4 in. (71.44 cm x 52.55 cm x 34.93 cm)
Overall (open): 28 1/8 in. x 49 in. x 13 3/4 in. (71.44 cm x 124.46 cm x 34.93 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1921


Marks

Chiseled into the underside of the proper left stationary and fly rail: "III".

Handwritten in graphite on the exterior face of the proper left inner rail: "2".


Object Number

W-136


Colors


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