IMPORTANT AMERICAN FURNITURE FROM THE COLLECTION OF W. FORBES AND JANE RAMSEY
A virtually identical tea table made of cherrywood is in the collection of Bayou Bend.1 It was owned by Colonel Thomas Belden (1732-1782) of Wethersfield, who married Abigail Porter (1737-1798), daughter of Ezekial Porter (1702-1775), on August 1, 1753. Both tables similarly display a top with a heavy molded edge, a front cyma-shaped apron, side aprons with a high center arch, knee returns that are applied to the front of the apron, and slender cabriole legs ending in bowl-shaped pad feet on a truncated cone supporting pad.
A mahogany flat-top high chest of drawers and matching dressing table at the Brooklyn Museum with the same apron and leg profile were also owned by Colonel Thomas and Abigail Belden.2 All three pieces may have been part of Abigail’s dowry and correspond to a chest with drawers, dressing table, and square cherry table listed in Colonel Belden’s 1782 estate inventory.
1 See Thomas P. Kugelman and Alice K. Kugelman, Connecticut Valley Furniture (Hartford: Connecticut Historical Society Museum, 2005) p. 57, cat. 19a.
2 See ibid, cats. 18 and 19, pp. 54-57.
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