In February 1797, Philadelphia cabinetmaker John Aitken supplied two serpentine-front sideboards to George Washington for use in his "New Room" at Mount Vernon. The design and construction of this sideboard are remarkably similar to the single surviving Washington-owned example on display in the Mansion, suggesting it was also made in Aitken's shop.

See W-94 for the Washington-owned sideboard.


Serpentine-front sideboard with drawer above a recessed two-door cabinet at center flanked by a single-door cabinet at left and a large, undivided drawer at right. Six, square, tapered legs, each with two oval paterae featuring three acorns above a pair of crossed oak leaves, stringing on their fronts and dark-wood banded cuffs on all four sides. Drawers and doors veneered with book-matched crotch mahogany and outlined with stringing and banding. Stringing along bottom front of case. Four brass bail handles and stamped oval backplates. Brass-lined escutcheons in each of the drawers and doors.

Top center drawer front solid.






Mahogany, mahogany veneer, light and dark wood inlays (primary), pine, poplar (secondary)


Overall: 37 1/8 in. x 70 1/2 in. x 27 1/4 in. (94.3 cm x 179.07 cm x 69.22 cm)
Other (ends): 18 1/4 in. (46.36 cm)

Credit Line

Purchase, 1966

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