Stand (1992.90)

Nathaniel V was the sole maker of stands in the Dominy shop. Between 1789 and 1833 he recorded seventy-nine examples in the shop accounts, charging an average of 10 shillings for maple, 12 shillings for cherry, and 18 shillings for mahogany, calculating approximately half-a-day’s labor in the base price.

In 1789 Nathaniel V charged East Hampton resident Jacob Sherrill 7 shillings, 6 pence for this stand. In 1818, after it came into the possession of his son, Abraham Sherrill, Nathaniel V recorded a charge against Abraham’s account for mending the top and “pillar” of a stand. Repairs to a crack in the top of this example as well as the presence of a three-piece iron brace reinforcing the dovetail joints of the cabriole legs at the bottom of the column suggest this is that stand.