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Although it was constructed during a period when commodities and materials circled the globe, this table was fabricated in New England from local woods. Seventeenthcentury colonial furniture makers had access to ample supplies of oak, as the object’s stocky legs and thick stretchers make clear. With its vase-shaped, turned legs, corner brackets, drop pendants, and mortise-and-tenon construction, however, the table is international in style. It closely relates to British and Dutch forms from the early seventeenth century.

New England square tables like this one are extremely rare, and their function is something of a mystery. Adorned on all four sides, this piece was clearly designed to stand in the center of a room. Its large scale and deep drawer indicate that it may have been used in a public space such as a church or town hall.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
Unidentified Artist
Joined Table
Work Type
c. 1690
Creation Place: North America, United States, Massachusetts
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Physical Descriptions
Oak with restored top
77.2 x 108.6 x 108.9 cm (30 3/8 x 42 3/4 x 42 7/8 in.)
[William's Antique Shop (William Richmond), Old Greenwich, CT] sold; to Frederick Vogel III and Anne H. Vogel, Milwaukee, WI (October 1971) gift; to Harvard Art Museums (2014).
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Anne H. and Frederick Vogel III
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Daniel Grant, "Museum Acquisitions: Top Picks of 2014", Antiques and Fine Art Magazine (2015), XIIV, 1, pp. 128-137, pp. 135-136 and repr. in color p. 132 as fig. 9

Exhibition History

32Q: 2300 Dutch & Flemish, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 03/12/2020

Subjects and Contexts

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