With its ormolu capitals and bases, brass beading around the ebonized ball feet and highly figured rosewood veneers, this table defines Boston Neoclassical furniture design. The form of the work table itself was created for use principally by women, with narrow drawers and the uppermost fitted with compartments for sewing implements while the bottom drawer is a fabric work bag attached to a drawer frame.
This table closely relates to an example that was included in the seminal 19th Century America exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1970 (Berry B. Tracy and Marilynn Johnson, 19th Century America: Furniture and Decorative Arts (New York, 1970), cat. no. 72), then catalogued as in the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Haplin of Bronxville, New York and later exhibited at Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc. (Stuart P. Feld, Boston in the Age of Neo-Classicism: 1810-1840 (New York, 1999), p. 52, cat. no. 18), though the present lot features more costly rosewood veneer and the addition of gilt-brass mounts to the frame. Another example, with almost identical mounts and pulls, was advertised in Magazine Antiques (May 1977), p. 917.