This table is all the rarer because it is crafted from mahogany. Mahogany was a very exotic wood for turners in early eighteenth century Boston. Its cost was very high and supplies were quite limited because the trade routes to Central and South America had not fully developed. Therefore, its use in early American furniture is very rare and emphasizes the significance of this table.
Related gateleg tables are in several prominent collections, such as Bayou Bend (acc. no. B.59.71), Art Institute of Chicago (acc. no. 1979.344), Colonial Williamsburg (acc. no. 1959-392), Historic Deerfield (acc. no. HD 2093), Winterthur Museum (acc. no. 1958.0582), and Wadsworth Atheneum(acc. no. 1926.494) (see David Warren, et al, American Decorative Arts and Paintings in the Bayou Bend Collection (Houston, TX: The Museum of Fine Arts, 1998),, p. 13-4. no. F24; Milo Naeve, Identifying American Furniture (Nashville, TN: American Association for State and Local History, 1981), p. 18; Barry Greenlaw, New England Furniture at Williamsburg (Williamsburg: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1974): no. 135, p. 156-7; Dean Fales, The Furniture of Historic Deerfield (New York: E.P. Dutton & Co.): no. 239, p. 117; Helen Comstock, “Spanish Foot Furniture,” The Magazine Antiques (January 1957): 58-61; and Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury Vol. I (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1948): no. 963). One related example made of cherrywood was purchased by Judge Mark Langdon Hill (1772-1884) of Phippsburg, Maine from a public sale of the personal effects of Benjamin Franklin (1706-1789). That table sold in these rooms, Important Americana, January 23, 2009, lot 237. Other related tables are in private collections (see Kennedy and Sack, Age of the Revolution and Early Republic in Fine and Decorative Arts: 1750-1824 (New York: Kennedy Galleries and Israel Sack, 1977): no. 27; Brunk Auctions, Ashville, NC, March 23, 2018, lot 285; William A. Smith, Inc., Plainfield, NH, September 5, 2016; Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, NH, July 31, 2008, lot 387; Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, NH, November 5, 2005, lot 139).
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