The turning sequence on the support legs display Baroque vigor. The legs on these tables generally follow a vocabulary of four templates; stacked balusters, such as found on this example, single baluster, opposing balusters, and baluster above a ball flanked by reels.
Measurement: Height: 26.75"; top open: 38" x 37.25"; top closed 38" x 11"
Material: Gumwood and pine
Condition: Excellent original condition
Reference: For additional information on related tables see Peter M. Kenny, "Flat Gates, Draw Bars, Twists, and Urns: New York's Distinctive, Early Baroque Oval Tables with Falling Leaves," American Furniture 1994, edited by Luke Beckerdite, (Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Chipstone Foundation, 1994), pages 106-35. Also, Frances Gruber Safford, American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Early Colonial Period: The Seventeenth Century and William and Mary Styles, (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2007), pages 159-61, number 65. The author states that there are perhaps only two dozen of these tables known to be extant. A very similar tale is published on page 89, plate 48 of Blackburn, Roderic H., and Ruth Piwonka's Remembrance of Patria: Dutch Arts and Culture in Colonial America. (Albany: Albany Institute of History and Arts, 1988)