Condition: Excellent, repair [glue] to shrinkage cracks, one to leg, the other to
standard where legs are joined.
Additional Information: A monumental and noteworthy table, a highpoint of
gentleman’s quilting [marquetry] Inspired and unique carefully cut pieces displaying
amazing creative diversity. Outstanding artistic expression, male quilting, an apt
definition on a basic level, applying bits and pieces of wood [marquetry] rather than the
scraps of cloth used to create quilts…masterworks a women’s universal pastime.
Quilting and marquetry both fill flat surfaces with patterns.
The exuberant top displays perfect symmetry, the tableau features emblematic
Americana such as the eagle surmounting American shield, Lady Liberty clutching
American flag; the billowing American flag above “1879”. At the center within sawtooth
border is a top hatted woman wearing long flowing dress astride a horse; this vignette
within a fancy eight-pointed gothic star…flanking each segment are human forms in
activity and various animals. Centering the rosewood top is an inlayed guilloche border.
Side of top is veneered in burl. This sensitively designed composition is distinctive …for
instance, the scrolled base joined by inlayed panels featuring and an orb drop finial
afforded the unknown maker three additional canvases on which to make art. Displayed
on these panels are a soldier in uniform holding a bayoneted musket, a pair of men
shaking hands under and umbrella with dog; a couple embraced in dance. Each
decorative element including the turned standard works in concert forming a unified
whole, a tribute to the imagination, originality, and exceptional skill of an unknown
CREDIT: "A sketch of the life and public services of General William Henry Harrison,
candidate of the people for president of the United States...". Jacob Gideon, Jr. (no
lifespan noted). 4-Page leaflet, 1840. Library of Congress, Printed Ephemera Collection:
Broadsides, leaflets, and pamphlets from America and Europe. Call Number: Portfolio
197, Folder 2a. Digital ID: rbpe 1970020a http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.rbc/rbpe.1970020a.
Inscribed in pencil on the reverse of the table top: Made by John Cummings In the city of Baltimore
On the 24 December 1840, and ornamented by John Cummings in Baltimore, Finished 4 March 1841
(Cummings is listed in the 1849 Baltimore City Directory as a house carpenter and painter with his brother)
The eight-sided top with outwardly canted apron is raised on scrolled legs joined by
cross-stretcher. Outstanding decoration featuring the equestrian portrait surmounted by
eagle clutching a panoply of flags; beneath the portrait is displayed a panoply of arms
and drum…the vignette is within a group of 26-stars . A four-inch decorative leafy
(budded) intertwined band conforming to octagonal top frames the motif. The sides and
interior surfaces of legs feature oakleaf and acorn ornamentation; front of legs
decorated with acanthus-like ornament. At each leg terminus beneath the cyma rector
section are found warriors on horseback. The decoration is meticulous, neat and well
organized. (H: 32”, circumference 35”)
(Excellent original condition excepting a small section of veneer not effecting decoration
at inside of one leg that we will have expertly restored.)
Rectangular top under which are stored two additional leaves that slide out to rest on drawbars;
tapered legs joining plain apron with single-drawer and applied molding. Great space saver.
(Height: 28"; top: 39" x 35" open;
very good original condition)
The flamboyant yet carefully arranged decoration is original and remains in excellent
condition. The hinged rectangular fold over top with rounded front corners above a plain
apron with engaged ovolo front corners and single long drawer retaining original brass
hardware…raised on turned legs; back left being flying/rail leg. Constructed of white
pine, maple and butternut.
(Height: 28”, top (closed): 36 x 17.75”, top (open): 35.5 x 36”.)
Hinged top, serpentine front, half-serpentine sides; canted ovolo corners above the conforming frieze featuring cross-banded panels, The corners with engaged half round ring-turned colonnettes continuing to turned tapering reeded legs having ring turned cuffs, continuing to tapered feet. (Any imperfections are minor, and commensurate with age and use; please call for full description. H: 30”, top closed: 16.75 by 35.75”, top open: 33.75 by 35.75”)
The flamboyant carefully arranged decoration is original and remains in excellent condition.
The hinged rectangular top with rounded front corners is above a plain apron with ovolo front corners containing a single long drawer retaining original brasses.
The whole is raised on turned legs; back left being flying/rail leg. The table remains in very good original condition.
(H: 28”, top (closed): 36 by 17.75”; top (open): 35.5 by 36”)
Molded top on plain apron featuring shaped returns joining cabriole legs resting on
turned pad feet; three short drawers having overhanging thumb molded edges.
(Brasses are replaced; height: 30.5"; top: 32.25 x 20.5")
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