Oval Dining Table
From Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia
Created: c. 1810
Origin/Purchase: Monticello Joinery
Materials: mahogany; cyprus and oak
Dimensions: 71.8 x 207 x 138.4 (28 1/4 x 81 1/2 x 54 in.)
Provenance: Private Collection
Historical Notes: One of the more ambitious products of Monticello's joinery is this oval mahogany table with ten legs, which was said to have been placed n the Tea Room. The design is likely Jefferson's. He is known to have favored ovals, as he selected one to outline the dinner invitation card that he used while president and also chose to have his initials "Th;J" engraved on an oval brass plaque that was affixed to one of his writing boxes.
The table has square, tapering legs, an attribute characteristic of Monticello joinery workmanship and Jefferson's designs. The rounded ends of the table are each supported by two fly legs.