Drop-leaf stand - ROM2006_6727_1


Drop-leaf stand

Maker: Attributed to Thomas Nisbet (c. 1777-1850)
Medium:Mahogany, brass hardware
Geography: Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Date: c. 1815-1820
74.2 (height) x 89.8 (width) x 50.4 (depth) cm
Object number: 981.83.2
On view
Gallery Location:Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada
DescriptionThomas Nisbet is colonial Canada’s best known cabinetmaker because he used identifying labels. A few other cabinetmakers used labels occasionally, but this practice was not the norm in Canada. Consequently, Nisbet is the only early cabinetmaker to whom a large body of work can be assigned. This furniture was unsurpassed in Canada for its quality and fashionability. Nisbet had a workshop in Glasgow, Scotland, for about 5 years before immigrating to Saint John in 1811. This initial experience in Scotland likely accounts for the excellence of his Canadian work.
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