Paint Decorated One Drawer Table

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Paint decorated Federal Eastern white pine one drawer stand.  Maine. Decorated by a schoolgirl or instructor.  1790-1815

Why is it special? It was quite common in New England for small tables to be constructed and delivered to Girls’ Schools, where the students would practice their decorative painting skills.  This particular piece is so artfully done, with painted scenes on the top, front, and both left and right sides, and decorative work up and down the legs, that it might have been the work of an especially gifted schoolgirl, or perhaps the instructor herself, who used the piece to provide both example and inspiration.  The drawer is fitted with multiple compartments, and we can envision it stuffed with hair ribbons and bows and the bric-a-brac essential to a young lady.