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


c. 1795




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


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)


Gift of Maxwell K. Pribil, 1986


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

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