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Drop Leaf Table

This is a Drop Leaf Table.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from DIENST + DOTTER ANTIKVITETER as part of Ellen DeGeneres Selects.

It is dated 18th century. Its medium is painted wood.

Drop leaf tables helped ensure efficiency of space in modest Swedish homes; leaves were lowered when not in use, and raised as needed during meal times and work. The hand-wrought iron hinges, seen on the leaves and gate legs, were often forged by a neighboring blacksmith. Variations on this simple but elegant form are seen over the course of several centuries throughout Sweden, and appeared in almost all Swedish homes, farmhouses, manor houses, and castles.

It is credited Loan courtesy of DIENST + DOTTER ANTIKVITETER.

  • Stool (Sweden)
  • bent birch plywood.
  • The Linda and Irwin R. Berman Stool Collection.
  • 2013-50-6

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (open): 73 × 201.3 × 84.5 cm (28 3/4 in. × 6 ft. 7 1/4 in. × 33 1/4 in.) H x W x D (closed): 73 × 108 × 84.5 cm (28 3/4 × 42 1/2 × 33 1/4 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Ellen DeGeneres Selects.

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