Late Neoclassical (Empire) style, 1810-1830
In February 1810, Gov. Charles Carnan Ridgely paid Baltimore cabinetmaker John B. Taylor the substantial sum of $100.00 for “1 set dining tables.” Matching sets of dining tables were new in Federal America. By the second decade of the 19th century, they would have been in the Late Neoclassical taste, with pedestal bases, saber legs, and lion’s paw feet. Gov. Ridgely’s 1829 estate inventory records a set of “claw foot dining tables,” probably similar to the Baltimore-made tables now used in Hampton’s Dining Room. The table seats eight to ten when the leaves are extended.
Mahogany, white pine, oak. H 291/2", W 135.9, L 214.9 cm
Hampton National Historic Site, HAMP 2966