American, early 19th century. A rare schoolgirl-decorated sewing table in birdseye maple, with a lift top revealing a work surface and storage, over one drawer, all on thinly turned legs with a lower shelf. The original decoration consists of landscapes on the top and sides, and floral and acorn swags on the facade and legs, obscured inscription on back in pencil S? / L? / Painted in / North Hampton ? / 1814 and with painted museum loan number L.2755; ht. 29.5, wd. 19.5, dp. 15.75 in. For similar examples and for more information on Federal period women's painted furniture see Betsy Krieg Salm, Women's Painted Furniture, 1790-1830; American Schoolgirl Art (2010) and Laura Fecych Sprague, Schoolgirl Art from the Misses Martin's School for Young Ladies in Portland, Maine, AFA News, September 6, 2011.
Provenance:Property from the Descendants of Bertha Benkard Rose, Oyster Bay, NY and Tucson, AZ
The lower shelf is likely a replacement and has been reattached and the supports have been reglued. Original brasses. The landscape on the inside of the lid has some paint damage. Glue blocks original. Top slightly bowed.
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