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Dining Room Table, ca. 1820

Manufacturer: Attributed to Constantine & Company, American (New York)

Medium: Mahogany

28 3/4 x 68 1/4 x 53 in. (73 x 173.4 x 134.6 cm)

Credit Line: Gift of LeRoy Montgomery in memory of LeRoy O. and Bessie B. Montgomery

Object Number: 98.2.1

Not on view

LeRoy Montgomery, Memphis, Tennessee, 1998

This Federal period drop leaf dining table is an example of a type made in New York City between about 1800 and 1820 under the influence of the designs published in England by Thomas Sheraton.  The pedestal with ring-turned legs simulating bamboo and terminating in brass paw feet are characteristic of a Sheraton neoclassical design which enjoyed its most imaginative American interpretations in New York during this period.  The folding action of the legs make this a highly versatile and compact piece.

            

The base and folding action are nearly identical to labeled pieces made by the firm of Thomas Constantine and Co., active in New York City between 1815 and 1839 and thus suggest that this table may have come from that workshop.