The Hammond-Harwood House, a museum of 18th century American Fine and Decorative Arts in Annapolis, Maryland, is pleased to announce the addition of two of labeled mahogany game tables made by Scottish-born Annapolis cabinetmakers John Shaw and Archibald Chisholm. According to the Baltimore Museum of Art’s 1983 exhibition catalogue “John Shaw: Cabinetmaker of Annapolis”, these pieces were originally owned the Sellman Family of Davidsonville, Maryland. The tables were recently donated to the museum from the Estate of T. Denton Miller, Jr. of Baltimore.
Cabinetmakers John Shaw and Archibald Chisholm initially went into partnership in 1772-1776 and then went separate ways only to unite again in 1783 after the burning of Shaw’s shop. The pieces are thought to have been made around 1783-1784 when Shaw and Chisholm were in partnership for the second time.
These two pieces are a welcome addition to the museum, as they complement a collection of twenty-one pieces of furniture made by John Shaw currently on view. The museum contains one of the largest collections of John Shaw furniture in the country. Museum Curator Rachel Lovett stated, “We are absolutely thrilled to be adding these unique items to the collection as they enhance our interpretation of John Shaw furniture and the legacy he left in Annapolis.” The tables are now on display in the museums upper passageway gallery.