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A Sheraton Cherry Inlaid Banquet Table of Small Scale with Rope-Tuned Legs, probably Providence, c.1815

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This is a “country-fied” version of the formal Federal style dining table which was popularized at the turn of the 19th century, and remained in style for 20-30 years.  This table has striking looks; its top is solid cherry wood that has turned a mellow patina over the years.  While this is clearly a petite/diminutive dining room table, it can also be used as matching pair of side tables functioning similar to pier tables.  Certainly, the skirt is beautifully embellished, not only with its original inlay, but also the sculptured beauty of the curved apron.   (See construction detail image below.)  Also, note the quality of the tightly turned spiral leg, which does not have the bulbous form of later rope leg tables.    It’s early, and it’s a beauty. 

This table was illustrated and featured in American Antiques: The Antique Encyclopedia, Norman Hudson (see scan below).

Height 29 in. Width 61 in. Depth 42 in.
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