American Painted Antique Tavern Table, New Hampshire c. 1830
AMERICAN PAINTED NEW ENGLAND ANTIQUE TAVERN TABLE
Probably New Hampshire c. 1830
Item # 1404PEG06-Z
A skillfully crafted piece, this table top is formed of an incredibly broad single solid plank of white pine with breadboard ends affixed with thick square pegs to discourage warping. The top is attached with large square pegs driven through the top into the corner posts. The frame members are set in grooves on all four posts and joined with a pair of pegs, the lowest edge with thin scratched bead around all sides. Originally this table would likely have been fully painted, hiding the mixed woods used throughout. This has since been scrubbed both naturally and stylistically, and despite paint refreshing the surface remains quite early and nicely patinated. A single drawer slides over pine runners (left runner replaced), the original runner set in a tongue groove in the front and back; construction of the drawer is clean and effective, with tidy dovetails in the frame and the bottom deeply chamfered and set in grooves on either side, a single tack (now absent) originally affixing this board in place. The whole table rests over ring turned and tapering legs, each terminating in a turned and elongated ball foot.
A fine acquisition for anyone passionate about American Folk Art and attracted to forms with deep patina and a primitive appeal.
Materials: Eastern White Pine (top; drawer runners; drawer sides, back and bottom; back of frame), Birch (legs), Maple (sides of frame, front of frame and front of drawer)
Measurements: 45 5/8" wide x 28" deep x 26 3/4" high; 18 5/8" high to underside of frame
Top has a few later nails accompanying pegs as they probably lost grip. Left runner inside of the table is replaced. Finish on legs and gilding around turnings refreshed. Surface scrubbed and worn throughout. Traces of scraped beige paint in corners, crevices and sides of drawers.