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A Carved Mahogany Classical Card Table, New York, c.1820


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This card table represents the height of the Empire period with fabulous carving throughout. We have seen several drop-leaf tables of this form, but this is the only card table we have seen. The top-which is composed of dramatic mahogany veneers which are crossbanded at the edge-is supported by an apron with panels of vibrant mahogany flanking a central carved rosette. All are supported on four beautifully carved columns above a magnificently carved pedestal with Phyfe style carved paw feet with acanthus carving. The central pineapple adds a dynamic focal point. 

This table is clearly one of the best of its kind and, for a related drop leaf table, see item sw00894. These pieces are the masterpieces of the American empire period. 

Height: 29 3/4 in. Width: 36 in. Depth: 17 3/4 in.
$15,000
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