Worktable, Stand, Drop Leaf, Unusual Proportions, Bold Drop Finials
Early 19th Century
Maple and pine - SOLD
The narrow top with shaped-corner leafs supported on draw-bars above case with drawer retaining original brass pull and four robust drop-finials; the case swivels on urn-turned column resting on spider legs. The surface appears to be original; top has a pretty much full coverage bloom. (H: 28.5", top: 24 by 20", top closed: 10.75 by 20")
Early 19th Century One Drawer Stand, Sheraton Table, Carved, Original Red
Upper Connecticut River Valley, Probably Hanover or Lebanon, NH Area
Probably Owned by the Honorable Silas Wright Date/Period: 1810-1825 - SOLD
Measurement: Height: 27.5"; top: 20" x 16.75"
Material: Cherry, maple, pine, and poplar, drawer front in dark stain is solid birds eye maple
Condition: The top displays a few trivial stains and minor surface thinning at center,
else fine and entirely original.
Additional Information: An intriguing table featuring ambitious carving and turning
likely made on a trajectory between Hanover-Lebanon, NH, and Montpelier, VT, which
aligns somewhat with Silas Wright's own path. The rectangular top with ovolo corners
projects above a plain apron having single drawer retaining original brass pull. Its all
about the legs…the corner blocks featuring most unusual, perhaps unique carved
glyphs on all facings…continuing to ring turning above a highly developed tulip-like
device displaying petals…above a reel carving centering a compressed balls having
concentric rings. The tapering spiral turned leg continues to an elongated reel turning,
and a compressed ball seated on peg foot. Outstanding dry red surface.
Pasted within the drawer is a small period label reading: “Silas Wrights” and a 19th
century two page article titled, “Hon. Silas Wright” by Dr. Franklin B. Hough.
It is possible, perhaps likely that this table was owned by Wright (1795-1847).
Wright was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, raised in Weybridge, Vermont and
graduated from Middlebury College in 1815. He was a lawyer, friend, and supporter of
Martin Van Buren, politician, surrogate judge, and brigadier general in the New York
State militia. 1. 1. Wright became a member of the Albany Regency, the coterie of friends and
supporters of Martin Van Buren who led New York's Democratic Party beginning
in the 1820s. As his career progressed, he served in the United States House of
Representatives (1827–1829), as State Comptroller (1829–1833), and U.S.
Senator (1833–1844). In the Senate, Wright became chairman of the Finance
Committee, a post he held from 1836 to 1841. In 1844, Van Buren lost the
Democratic presidential nomination to James K. Polk; Polk supporters
nominated Wright for vice president as a way to attract Van Buren's support to
the ticket, but Wright declined. Later that year he was elected governor, and he
served one two-year term. Defeated for reelection in 1846, he retired to his
home in Canton. He died in Canton in 1847 and was buried at Old Canton
Cemetery. 1. Wikipedia
The overhung top over apron with single drawer, triple-inlay at lower edge, inlayed panels framed with line-inlay within upper front stiles...string inlay traces the outer edge; appears to retain original brass pull. Table is raised on double-taper legs with original brackets. Old refinish; minor imperfections.
(Height: 29.75"; top: 19.25 x 18.25".)
Measurement: Height: 30.75"; top: 33.25" x 21”; case: 29.75" x 19.5"
Material: Walnut, Northeastern white pine
Condition: Excellent, mellow patina
Additional Information: Rectangular molded top featuring re-entrant corners above a
small case of five overhanging thumb-molded edges drawers and deeply shaped apron.
The whole raised on lovely cabriole legs ending in pad feet resting on platforms.
A rare and lovely dressing table related to a yet to be conclusively identified group of
high chests and dressing tables by “The Elusive Joiner”, an accomplished craftsman
highly skilled in the development of scale and form. The beautifully proportioned case
features the graceful integration of transitional William and Mary (early Baroque) design
elements that speak to its successful design and early date. The [ 33.75 by 20 7/8-inch]
molded overhanging top with notched front corners is over the (17 7/8 by 29 7/8-inch]
case containing three short drawers, each retaining original brass hardware. The
rhythmic treatment of the skirt with its high central Persian arch is common to this small
group of furniture; an incised bead conforms to the front and masterful side profiles. The
front and side apron profiles transition seamlessly as a continuum of the inside lines of
the sawn cabriole legs resting on outstanding ankleted Spanish feet.
See: The American Philosophical Society, APS Library Bulletin, Winter 2001;
Philadelphia Cabinetmaking and Commerce, 1718-1753: The Account Book of John
Head, Joiner by Jay Robert Stiefel. Figure 18, a high chest on cabriole legs with
Spanish feet and with identical apron is pictured and discussed. Figures 26, 27, and 28
depict dressing tables from this group owned by Dr. Richard Mones, Private Collections
and Skip Chalfant; also, a high chest in the Stenton Mansion Museum, Philadelphia
country home of James Logan, colonial Mayor of Philadelphia and Chief Justice of
the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
This example presented in an “as-found” state, a rarely encountered uncompromised state of originality. The upper-case featuring applied crown moldings over five graduated drawers having overhanging thumb-molded drawer lips; lower case having two long drawers…the lower drawer featuring a faux three drawer front and carved 15-lobe fan. The whole standing on cabriole legs resting on pad feet; all returns present and original; legs joined by a unique apron, a double-lobed-radial-arch flanked by arcades; turned drop-finials are original. Competent and interesting joinery and construction. Written in large fancy script filling a drawer bottom and on the backboards is found a very old shipping address and name; Luther Day, 44 Summer Street, Haverhill, Mass. Day is listed as being in the shoe business at 44 Sumer Street per/the Auditor’s Twenty-Sixth Annual Report of the Receipts and Expenditures of the City of Haverhill For The year Ending December 31, 1895.
(Height: 78"; top case width: 36", depth: 18.5”; bottom case width: 38", depth: 19.75”. a single drawer-lip was cracked and glued, all else fine, complete and original)
Rectangular top with herringbone inlay, molded edge and invected front corners
projecting above a concave-carved and valanced case containing veneered thumb-
molded drawers with herringbone banded edges; a long drawer over three short
drawers, the center drawer featuring an unusual and elaborate shell carving. The
shaped apron with drops joining cabriole legs having shell-carved knees; legs
continuing to pad feet. Imperfections commensurate with age and use; two feet have
breaks yet are stable. As is often encountered…the top was long ago re-veneered using
two rectangular sheets of walnut rather than quarterings [substructure is original].
Brasses are 18th century although not period. Please call or write to discuss.
(Height:30"; width: 30"; depth: 19.25"; case width: 28")
The square top featuring ovolo corners overhanging plain apron with single drawer retaining original brass pull raised on double-tapered out-swept legs.
(Evidence of medial shelf; H: 25.75” Case D: 17.5” Top D: 18”)
The projecting top with scratch molded beaded edge features ovolo corners and is on a plain apron with single beaded drawer with similar beading; the whole raised on double-tapered beaded legs. (H: 28"; W: 18.5"; D: 21.75")
The brand refers to the elegant Sheraton table’s owner, Thomas Salter Bowles (1785-1853), a mathematical instrument maker (compasses etc.) working on Daniel St. in Portsmouth 1805-1820. The table was likely made by Portsmouth cabinetmaker Langley Boardman (1774-1833). Elliptical and serpentine form; contrasting veneer of highly figured bird’s-eye maple centered by mahogany banding; top and legs are mahogany. Elegant tall, turned, tapering, reeded legs continuing to elongated feet.
The table features a shaped-top and deck with bird’s-eye maple veneered drawer fronts and case-sides, bordered with cross-banding. The table is in excellent condition and retains its original brasses. (Height: 37.5”, width: 36”, depth: 17.5”) See plate 23, pp. 147, 148 of Brock Jobe’s Portsmouth Furniture, Masterworks from the New Hampshire Seacoast. Also, page 53, plate 29C, Four Centuries of Furniture in Portsmouth with the New Hampshire Furniture Masters by Gerald W.R. Ward.
Branded T.S. Bowles., Thomas Salter Bowles baptized in Portsmouth, N.H. in 1785. An advertisement in the Portsmouth Oracle for May 3, 1806 notes that Bowles, a mathematical instrument maker had taken a shop on Daniel Street and that his wares included “Azimuth and brass Compasses, wood and Hanging Compasses”. Bowles was still in business in 1821. Ref: Silvio A. Bedini, Early American Scientific Instruments and Their Makers (Washington, D.C. 1964, pp. 124-126. Bowles married Abiah Emery Bradley 29 September 1813; died 26 July 1853.
280-8 - SOLD
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