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Sheraton Mahogany Worktable, New York, c.1810


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Worktables are often the most exciting piece of casework, for their size.  In a worktable,  the amount of construction detail found in a chest, for example, is presented in a most compact form.  

This worktable's top lifts up, revealing its original writing surface (see detail).  If this isn't enough, there are two storage drawers below.  Typical to these benchmade pieces, only the front legs employ spiral turning, whereas the rear legs are left plain, as they are not to be seen, with this worktable is meant to be against the wall.  Note that this worktable has never had casters and is fully developed with small ball feet.  The mahogany is beautifully figured and the top and sides are composed of solid, one board mahogany of a beautiful red/amber tone, which of course comes over time in the wood's aging process so long as it has not been sanded out.  

This piece is the product of the workshops of Phyfe, Allison, or their contemporaries of the time in New York.

Height: 47 3/4  in.  Width: 25 1/2 in.  Depth: 18 1/2 in.
$5,500