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Artwork Details


William Whitehead (American, active New York, 1790-1810), maker


ca. 1794–1799


Mahogany, poplar, and light wood inlay

Accession #

76.1000.5 A


40 1/8 x 72 1/4 x 29 inches


On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 305


Sideboards such as this example from New York were designed to hold every accessory needed for a meal, even a chamber pot for guests to use during long dinners. When dinner was not being served, matching boxes—the examples here are rare survivors of the era—held silverware and knives. Such specialized furnishings were made for prosperous merchants, who began to require rooms each fitted to a single purpose; the dining room was the first such devoted space at the end of the 1700s.


Purchase with funds from a supporter of the Museum