Monticello Joinery Work Table

Monticello Joinery Work Table

Item #: 111090
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The original table, which Jefferson’s daughter Martha used for sewing, is displayed in the Family Sitting Room at Monticello, where it was used. Drop leaves gave plenty of space for measuring and cutting fabric; two good-sized drawers stored prized needles, thimbles, scissors and notions. Tapered legs, scratch bead around the face of the drawers and astragal molding at the base are typical of furniture made in the Monticello joinery, but the refined reeding on the front is unique. Made of beautifully finished solid mahogany with gleaming oval brass handles. Approx. 27 1/2"h x 15 1/8"w (30 3/4"w extended) x 18"d.

Woodworking at Monticello

The Monticello joinery was one of the first buildings to be constructed on Mulberry Row. In the forty-year course of the construction and reconstruction of the Monticello house, some of the finest architectural woodwork in Virginia was made in the Mulberry Row joinery. When referring to the house joinery work of Monticello’s free and enslaved craftsmen, Jefferson wrote that “there is nothing superior in the U.S.”

Thomas Jefferson had highly-skilled free joiners come to Monticello, Irish men like James Dinsmore and John Neilson who passed their skills on to their assistants—Jefferson’s slaves. After 1809, when the house was complete and the white workmen left, African American artisans like John Hemings trained young slave apprentices and carried on the exceptional work of the Monticello joinery. John Hemings was described as a “first rate workman—he could make anything that was wanted in woodwork.”

After Jefferson’s retirement from the presidency, he turned to his slave joiners for furniture. These artisans, who had previously made architectural woodwork for the house at Monticello, produced impressive furniture that included chairs, tables, and cases such as the seed press in the Book Room, and filing presses in the Cabinet, a sewing table, and dumbwaiters used in the dining room. John Hemings was known to have made chairs, tables, desks, and the body of a landau carriage.

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