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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ADELAIDE DE MENIL AND EDMUND CARPENTER

RARE SHAKER PINE AND MAPLE MEETING-HOUSE TRESTLE TABLE, PROBABLY HARVARD, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1850
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 USD
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1504

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ADELAIDE DE MENIL AND EDMUND CARPENTER

RARE SHAKER PINE AND MAPLE MEETING-HOUSE TRESTLE TABLE, PROBABLY HARVARD, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1850
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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RARE SHAKER PINE AND MAPLE MEETING-HOUSE TRESTLE TABLE, PROBABLY HARVARD, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1850

Provenance

Private Collection, New Hampshire;
Richard and Berry Ann Rasso Antiques, East Chatham, New York.

Catalogue Note

This trestle table was likely used as a communal dining table at the Shaker community in Harvard, Massachusetts, which served as the bishopric seat. A very similar table of cherrywood made in Harvard in circa 1830 is in a private collection.1

Tables made in the Harvard Shaker community are distinctly different in design from counterparts made in other Shaker communities. They are characterized by having unusually thin bases that are shaped with one continuous curve from the toe to the end of the horizontal cleat; a trestle assembly of vertical standards that are flat in cross section with shaped, rounded edges; vertical members that are thru-tenoned into the arched foot with pointed toe and tenoned into the cross member above; and standards supported by a bridle joint into a heavy understructure of a longitudinal stretcher with shaped cross cleats screwed into the top. Most required an additional metal or wooden brace added sometime after construction, to support the bridle joint which served to be inadequate.

A trestle table of this type appears in a photograph of a Harvard interior that is in the collection of the Fruitland Museums.2 It shows two women seated at a table of this type set for a meal with six place settings.

1 See Timothy Rieman and Jean Burks, The Encyclopedia of Shaker Furniture (Atglen, PA” Schiffer Publishing, 2003): p. 357, fig. 535.
2 see ibid.

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