Mixing table, 1750-1775
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Related Publications

Talbott, Page, "The House that Franklin Built" (Antiques & Fine Art, Vol. VI, Issue 5, January-February 2006, pp. 232-38)

Talbott, Page, ed., Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World (New Haven and London: Yale University, 2005) (companion book to exhibition of same title)

Provenance
The table was used by Richard and Sally Bache, inherited by their son, William, and descended in his family until its sale.

Deborah Franklin was responsible for arranging a vendue (estate sale) of the possessions of the widow of Franklin's last surviving brother. The sale took place in Philadelphia. At it, Deborah bought "a Marble table" for ₤1.2.0. The inventory taken at the time of Franklin's death does not specify a marble-topped table, or a mixing table. It does list, in the Parlour, a mahogany table with the high valuation of £4.0.0, which could reflect the table's marble top.

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