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Object Name Table, Dining
Catalog Number 1979.18
Maker Clay, Porter
Date ca. 1810
Material(s) cherry
Dimensions H-28.5 W-53.25 D-21.75 inches
Description This cherry banquet end table has a serpentine front and reeded legs. The top of the legs has three rings topped with a square capital. The dropleaf is a plain rectangular shape with square corners.
Notes The table is attributed to Porter Clay who operated a cabinet shop in Lexington. According to family tradition, the table belonged to the donor's great-grandfather, Lewis Sanders, a Lexington merchant who later started the Sanders' Cotton and Woolen Mills on Georgetown Pike/Sandersville Road.

Porter Clay (1779-1849) was a brother to Henry Clay. He came to Kentucky from Virginia in 1792, He was apprenticed to Thomas Whitney, a Lexington cabinetmaker. In 1798, Porter ran awy to New York City where he worked as a journeyman. He returned to Lexington in 1799, established a cabinet shop, and made furniture until 1808. (source: Kentucky Treasures: Selections from the Cox Collection, 2014.) Admitted to the bar in 1815, Porter Clay later served as State Auditor of Public Accounts for fourteen years.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Clay, Porter
Sanders, Lewis
Subjects furniture
Tables, Dining
Search Terms furniture
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS