Thistlethwaite Americana | Gate Leg Table
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Gate Leg Table

Boston, Massachusetts

Circa 1720

Cherry and White Pine

27 1/4″ H x 44″ W x 19 1⁄2″ D


Early tables in this condition are as rare as hens’ teeth. After 300 years, the piece survives in the original finish that has developed an incredible rich patina. Gate leg tables were highly useful in the 17th and 18th centuries. Primarily used as a dining piece, the leaves could be lowered creating more space in a room. American furniture from this period and in this condition is truly a treasure.

The table features an oval top above a single drawer that is supported by four stationary legs with baluster and ring turnings. The turnings are continued on the swing legs and the adjoining stretchers. The piece terminated in a half-round foot.

This piece has wonderful and has been highly featured in the 20th-century collections. In the 1950s, the piece was owned by Ralph Carpenter, a great scholar of New England furniture, and highly published in his New York home, Mowbray Hall. Israel Sack was able to purchase the piece and sell it to Peter and Barbara Goodman. Their collection features folk art and Americana of the first-rate.



Alice Winchester, “Living with Antiques: Mowbra Hall in Scarsdale, New York,” The Magazine Antiques (June 1952), p. 519.
Helen Comstock, 100 Most Beautiful Rooms in America (1958), p. 34.
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., “Mowbra Hall and a Collection of Period Rooms: Part 2,” Connoisseur (August 1972), p. 289.
The Sack Archive at the Yale University Art Gallery, acc. no. 5063.


Provenance:Ex Ralph Carpenter, Israel Sack, Peter and Barbara Goodman