Neoclassical Work Table
Neoclassical Work Table, English, about 1820. Mahogany, leather, brass, silk, and gilded metal. The 2005 Louis Comfort Tiffany Gala Fund, 2005.97A-G.
This work table is an example of mechanical furniture and is one of the most versatile designs of its time. Work tables were introduced in England after 1750 and they served multiple functions with adjustable surfaces for reading, writing, sewing, and games. This table includes storage areas for each of these pursuits. The silk compartment beneath was intended for ladies to keep their needlework. The center-top is removable to access a chess board beneath. Work tables encouraged family and friends to gather socially for a variety of activities but were also practical for solitary reading and writing.
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