Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts, United States ca. 1740–1760
26 1/2 x 25 1/2 in.
Sack catalogue description: Queen Anne San Domingan mahogany tuckaway table; this ingenious and delightful little tea table derived its name by its space saving function of being able to be tucked away in a closet when not in use. There are five or six examples of tuckaway tables known, one example in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (illustrated in Randall, American Furniture in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, pl. 83); up to the discovery of this example, that group was of native wood, cherry and birch, and was apparently of New Hampshire origin. This is the Boston version with the skill of formation of the cabriole and the choice of dense mahogany reflecting the work of one of Boston's top artisans; the gates swivel on a central butterfly dovetailed fulcrum and when opened the gates effect an X-formation. The table was, during its career, secured in the open position by braces and a frame under the top to keep it from collapsing; the few examples we have handled have been secured at one time. This table has never been refinished and retains the old or original dark patina. Related objects: Book: Richard H. Randall, Jr., American Furniture in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Meriden, Conn.: Meriden Gravure Co., 1965), pl. 83. ----- Bibliography: Book: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1990), vol. 6, p. 1450, pl. P4446.
Queen Anne mahogany tuckaway table
Decoration and ornament--Queen Anne style Furniture--United States
tables (support furniture) (AAT)
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New York, New York, United States 1957–1990
Sack, October 1977 This information is taken from the Israel Sack Furniture Archive and may not reflect current scholarship.