Small black walnut table carved by a slave on plantation owned by William Pace of Franklin County, North Carolina 1850-1865.
Curator Notes: Two-board table top shaped with scalloped edges. The center drawer features a slightly bow-shaped front with a horizontal diamond carved at the center front. The outstanding features of the table are the legs which are carved in the shape of a man with upraised arms supporting the table. Each figure has defined facial and torso features and articulated legs that end in a trifid foot. The facial features look distinctly African while two of the figures wear bowler hats and the other two wear waistcoats. Each figure seems to have a frock coat on with tails at the back. The male figures on each of the legs has been slightly altered. Each originally had an erect penis located at the crotch but during the 1920s the grandmother of the donor had them removed because she found them vulgar and offensive.
Source: North Carolina Museum of History, accession number 1998.145.1. Search our collections here.