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A Chippendale Tiger Maple Desk with Bookcase, Newport, c.1780

We acquired this piece locally and not far away from Newport, its city of origin. This desk is in pristine condition. It has its original undisturbed brasses, locks, hinges, etc. and all parts are untouched and have an older surface. This desk has the famous pencil drawers with gracious swan neck dividers. Typical of Newport, the hinges on the prospect door are fully visible, and reveal three smaller block drawers. Interestingly, the lock is a 3-pin lock, indicating to us a high quality piece...

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A Carved Cuban Mahogany Lowboy/Dressing Table with Shell and Claw & Ball Feet, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, c.1740

This Queen Anne lowboy (dressing table) is as clean and fine as it gets. It truly speaks of 1760 and earlier, possibly 1740. Unlike many Philadelphia lowboys, which are over the top as far as embellishments (carving) this piece is quite restrained and makes its individualistic statement with a diminutive dropped panel and beautifully carved shell. Many of these earlier lowboys do not have any appendage at all. It's the usual one drawer over two. The table is composed of wonderfully dense Cuban...

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A Rare Large Pedestal Mahogany Classical Banquet Table, Boston, c.1820

Banquet tables are far rarer than dining room tables, as...

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An Outstanding Satinwood and Mahogany Hepplewhite / Inlaid Serpentine front Sideboard/Commode, New York, c.1790, probably William Whitehead

This is one of the finest sideboards in our collection and is composed of brilliant rarely found satinwood and profusely inlaid with bellflowers, patera, and line inlay.   It is of serpentine form, which is the most desirable form that these sideboards take.   Also illustrated below is a similarly inlaid New York serpentine sideboard listed as “Best” in Albert Sack’s Fine Points of Furniture: Early American .  Note the development of inlaid details including the bellflowers on the...

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A Beautiful Pair of Walnut Queen Anne Side Chairs with Shell, Philadelphia, c.1740-60

True pairs of these chairs are hard to find (as most pairs are assembled of similar--but not identical--seats).  Our pair are not only original to each other, but they also have no breaks or alterations.  They have the beautiful style that many consider the finest of American Queen Anne chair design.  They have a beautifully sculpted side profile (see below) and the balloon seat really puts this form in a class by itself.  Note the splat and its relationship to splats on the attached Sack ...

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An Exceptionally Fine Carved Lyre Mahogany Window Seat, New York, Earnest Hagen, c.1885

As Peter Kenny, curator of American Furniture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, talks about in his recent book on Duncan Phyfe: without Hagen, we wouldn't know of Phyfe and his work.  It seems Hagen bought Phyfe's tools, etc. and continued to make Phyfe style furniture for the boutique clients in New York that already had Phyfe material and wanted to add to or repair.   No doubt, Hagen was a master.   Take a good look at the close-up of the carving on the crest rail...it doesn't get...

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A Magnificent Chippendale Mahogany Tilt-top Table, with Pie Crust Top, England, c.1780

Starting with the top, note the magnificent single board with beautiful striping.   The wood chosen was to show the beauty of mahogany and this piece certainly was well chosen.  Also note the desirable pie crust edging is not attached, but a feature all carved out of the same solid board.  Also, note the very strong stop-fluted column, with a lovely carved ring at the base of the shaft.  The carved knees are beautifully worked and quite large in size.  The paw feet are well done and...

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A Carved Mahogany Worktable, Salem, McIntire School, c.1810-1820

This fine, fully developed worktable is composed of highly figured mahogany and presents a commanding presence with four sumptuously carved legs.   The carved colonettes of leafage and punchwork above tapered reeded legs are classic Salem, and strongly associated with the work of Samuel McIntire and Samuel Field McIntire.  The lower drawer is fitted for a hanging sewing bag.  This is the finest example of Salem work we’ve handled. Height: 29 1/2 in.   Width: 21 in.  Depth: 17 1/2...

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An Exuberant Small Classical Marble Top Center Table, Philadelphia, Anthony Quervelle or contemporary, c. 1830

This marble table is on the small side, retaining its original King of Prussia marble.  The stenciling is in superb condition, as is the beautifully figured marble.  The paw feet are strongly developed and give this piece a commanding presence.  It’s the best of the Classical form and all original with no breaks or alterations.    Small center tables are quite rare, and this is a standout. Height: 29 1/2 in. Diameter: 29 in.

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A Small Scale Chippendale Cherry Chest on Chest, Connecticut River Valley, c.1780 Provenance: Ginsberg & Levy

Many of these chests are overbearing and loom large in a room.  This chest-on-chest is rather small scale.  The designer enhances this perception by using reeded pilasters on either side flanking the drawers, which are only 36 inches wide.  Furthermore, these drawers are set back by having the pilasters boxed, (see image).   This chest has a rather delicate, refined look to it with it’s steeped pediment, tall, carved ogee bracket feet, and quintessential Connecticut shell.  The entire...

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A Fine Queen Anne Walnut Parcel Gilt Mirror with Elaborately Scrolled Crest and Apron, ex. Joseph Kindig, Jr., probably Philadelphia, c.1760

This mirror is composed of beautifully aged walnut with an older surface and its original gilt embellishments.  The glass is original as is the backboard.    Kindig was a major dealer outside of Philadelphia, and has handled many of the great pieces that came out of Pennsylvania.   The mirror is in fine condition and certainly would grace any Queen Anne/Chippendale room with an aged gravitas that only a fine mirror can create. Height: 42 3/4 in. Width: 23 3/4 in. Depth: 1 1/3 in.

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