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image of Shaker Round Table Shaker Round Table
Rendered by Alfred H. Smith (artist), 1935/1942
watercolor and graphite on paper
overall: 29.7 x 24.9 cm (11 11/16 x 9 13/16 in.) Original IAD Object: 42" in diameter; 28 1/2" high
Index of American Design
1943.8.13629
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From the Tour: Shaker Crafts from the Index of American Design
Object 10 of 17

In this piece the Shakers adapted the basic pedestal table, such as the candlestand, for a specialized use. Drawers have been added on opposite sides of the table so that it could be used for sewing by two sisters at once. The tripod base of the candlestand has been modified to a four-legged variety here. As in other pedestal tables, stability of the vase-shaped base and pedestal shaft has been insured by the precise calculations of Shaker craftsmanship.

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