Oval drop-leaf dining table, 1750-1765, Rappahannock River basin of Virginia. Walnut with oak rails and white pine. (FR2018007)
The table has a recovery history in northern New England, but has no earlier history, nor a known family association to provide a link to its earlier history. Made of walnut with oak rails and white pine secondary, it measures Height 28 1/4”, length 49”, width (leaves down) 16 1/2”, width (leaves up) 56 5/8”.
For a related example, see figure 27– a 1755-1770 Rappahannock River basin dining table)– in Ronald Hurst, ‘Irish Influences on Cabinetmaking’ in American Furniture, 1997. That table is also constructed of black walnut with yellow pine, and is now in the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation collection, accession number 1933-39. Its provenance, from CWF’s catalog record: Collection of Mrs. B. L. Brockwell, Petersburg, Virginia (1932) At the time of the purchase, William Perry in a letter (November 16, 1932) to Robert Lecky, Jr., states the table is of Virginia origin.
The table shown here survives fine structural condition, with superb, undisturbed oxidation, on the secondary surfaces. The walnut has superb color, with no apparent fading, covered by an accumulation of several layers of wax and shellac, the most recent likely dating to the mid-twentieth century. A furniture conservator rubbed down the upper surface and applied a coat of brown wax in the spring of 2018.