Canadiana Pine Table
27" x 29" x 26"
This small table is made of pine. The smooth lines of the trestle legs and rustic, gently worn surfaces give this table a quiet, rustic appeal. This modest table was produced in Canada with locally sourced pine in the 19th century. The tabletop’s nearly square shape and the willowy contours of the stretchers point to its handmade construction. Early Canadian furniture typically employed pine as a secondary or structural material. Although this small, multi-purpose table lacks the carved ornamentation, marquetry, or special imported hardwood veneers admired by the urban middle-class, its story is captured in the various marks that have accumulated on the soft pine surfaces.
At this time in Canada, the Klondike Gold Rush occurred between 1896–1899. An estimated 100,000 prospectors migrated to north-west Canada after gold was discovered there by local miners on August 16, 1896. The massive influx of people led to the founding of many impromptu boon cities, the largest of which, Dawson City in Yukon, had a population of approximately 16,000-17,000 during its peak years. In 1898, gold was discovered in west Alaska, and many prospectors left Canada for new goldfields, marking the end of the Klondike Gold Rush.