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Work Table

Charles H. White, American, 1796 - 1876

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America


Mahogany, mahogany veneer, burl veneer, cedrela, yellow poplar, cherry; brass

28 1/2 x 20 x 15 inches (72.4 x 50.8 x 38.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

* Gallery 207, American Art, second floor

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Purchased with the Thomas Skelton Harrison Fund, 1973

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Women used work tables like this one to store their sewing and needlework. These treasured articles of furniture—moved about the room on castors—were often highly ornamented with lavish carving, figured wood veneers, painted decoration, and other adornments. Philadelphia cabinetmaker Charles H. White made this table early in his long and prolific career.

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