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A Diminutive Federal Sheraton Wing Chair, New England, c.1800-1810

This wing chair is a little gem, as pure as they get, and we show it with the essential upholstery revealing the condition of the structure.  It has museum numbers (possibly Mt. Vernon) and probably used for exhibition. It retains a most successful wing modeling down to the development of its rolled arms.  This small chair was built to last; the scale of the scribing of the rear legs into the frame speaks for itself. The Sheraton aspect of this chair relates to the turned legs, which (note...

sw02070 - $18,000

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A Fine Inlaid Mahogany Federal / Hepplewhite Breakfront, Rhode Island, c.1800

This breakfront was part of a superb collection of colonial furniture owned by Francis Hill Bigelowe of Cambridge MA, sold at the Anderson Galleries (later Sotheby's) in 1924.  In all likelihood, this is a Rhode Island made piece as all the secondary wood is chestnut and--from what we understand--it resided in Providence at one time in the collection of Marsden Perry, who owned and lived in the John Brown house at the turn of the century.  This is an impressive and substantial casepiece...

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A Diminutive Sheraton Mahogany Work Table, Philadelphia, c.1800, attributed to John Sailor, Provenance, L.G. Meyers, Francis P. Garvan, and Israel Sack

This is a small, rather simple work table with astragal ends, and a history in several notable collections.  It was originally part of the famous Garvan Collection exhibited and sold at the Anderson Galleries in New York in 1931 and the provenance then was from the collection of L.G. Meyers at the American Art Association in 1921 (see "Number 371" below).   The Meyers collection was an exceptional collection of the best Americana. We have owned this for almost 30 years, acquired from Israel...

sw01170 - $18,500

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A Classical Mahogany Worktable with Astragal Ends, School of Duncan Phyfe, New York, c. 1800-1810

This is a work table that has all of the bells and whistles.  It is a highly developed piece having a strongly figured astragal shaped top with a conforming case further developed by the reeding motif which is carried throughout the case, legs and all, all of which sits on Classical ball feet which are typical of the best New York pieces of the time.  Compare this to the simpler but quite formal worktable that is now part of the Francis Garvan Collection, (auctioned in 1921 at the American Art...

sw01167 - $22,500

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A Fine Mahogany Chippendale Claw and Ball Corner Chair, New York, c.1780

This is a very fine corner chair, typical to one exhibited at Winterthur, see below.   It’s easy to see why Winterthur would choose a corner chair like this, as it’s a rarity to find them with claw and ball feet.   It’s the carving of the claw and balls that first tell you its probably New York, and the carving on the knees, which was reserved for the very best of these chairs, is finely executed.   This chair is of comfortable size, with a quintessential owl’s eye splat.  The...

sw01205 - $32,000

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A Sheraton/Federal Mahogany Canterbury, American or English, c.1800-1810

This canterbury is all complete and finely crafted of dense mahogany, which retains an early dark surface.   The casters are original and the dividers are finely stylized with a tombstone arch motif cut out of each splat and reflected above in the shaped rail.   It’s a fine period piece in excellent condition.  For a comparative example that lacks this tombstone development, see attached example in black and white below. Height: 21 1/2 in.  Width: 17 1/4 in. Depth: 12 in.

sw01198 - $5,500

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Classical / Federal / Sheraton Carved Mahogany Phyfe Sofa, New York, c.1810

This is the best of the Phyfe line of sofas, with the sought-after pronounced turned-in arm.  A virtually identical example is illustrated in Albert Sack’s New Fine points of Furniture: Early American (see item 253, scanned below).  Here, Albert calls this a “Masterpiece”.  The reasons are obvious when one sees how beautifully the crest is carved with classical motifs and proportionally balanced with three panels.   The sides of the couch undulate out and then in again, giving a...

sw02054 - $30,000

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A Fine Replica of the Daniel Quare Hanging/Standing Barometer, 19th century

This is a finely crafted piece composed of the best walnut.  These replicas surface from time to time, and all details are finely executed in this example.  The carving along the neck is first rate, with a large conical section of deep, fluted reeds above a conical spiral urn.  All is placed on a richly molded plinth containing the mercury well. Four hinged brass feet are attached to a single plate, allowing them to fold back in position for hanging as well as folding out for standing. The...

sw02067 - $6,800

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A Rare Classical Mahogany Metamorphic Duet Musical Stand, probably British Campaign Furniture, c.1840

This has got to be the ultimate in a portable music stand.  Note how it collapses to a single large baluster pole.  It's an economy of space that's built like a watch.  A review of the detailed images will show that the integration of carved elements and machined supports and hinges is highly detailed and precise--for example, see the metal support structure that keeps the stand's three legs together.  Also note the adjustment mechanism which works for the sitting and standing player...

sw02066 - $18,500

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A Classical Brass Inlaid Mahogany Worktable with Inlaid Game Board, c. 1820-1830, ex. John Walton

The form looks to Greek Classical design with its stylized cradle support for the upper case.  It relates to a slightly earlier piece in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (see below) which uses a highly carved saber leg in lieu of the “Empire” paw leg that came into style and describes what we see as being classically Greek with a symmetrical concave plinth.  Note the brass inlay at the base which is inset into highly figured mahogany.   Also, note it is finished on all sides, the back...

sw01168 - $18,500

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A Pristine Chippendale Mahogany Dumbwaiter with Dishtop Shelves, Attleboro, MA, c.1780

Whereas most dishtops have three shelves, this has a less cumbersome and useful two shelf design.   Note the traditional baluster main support, and also the beautiful turnings just below each shelf.   It’s the obvious work of a skilled craftsman.  The feet are shaped in a characteristic Massachusetts fashion exhibiting characteristic chamfering at the midpoint of each leg and follows down through to the sculptured pad foot.  This is a very charming piece that came out of a colonial...

sw01185 - $7,500

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A Classical Regency Figured Mahogany Two-tiered Dumbwaiter with Columnar Supports, England, c.1820

This is a desirably sized dumbwaiter composed of beautifully figured solid mahogany throughout, giving a substantial aspect in a small space.  The reeded columnar supports are the standout feature for the shelves.  Certainly, its classical motifs are beautifully defined, and the reeding is stylistically followed through the rest of this piece.  Note the legs, etc.  This dumbwaiter has its original heavy-duty casters (note close-up), which are mounted directly below the leg, see attached. ...

sw01077 - $8,500

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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...

sw00779 - $35,000

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A Classical Giltwood Girandole Mirror with Carved Eagle, English or American, c. 1800

This is a moderately sized girandole retaining all its original parts.  The mirror shows beautiful oxidation and a gilt in excellent condition.  The eagle is beautifully carved, holding a ball and is a classic of its type.  The leafage is beautifully carved with great dimension, and of course, all is of wood that has been gilt, not plaster.   Notice the carved spherules that surround the mirror.  They are small and placed fairly tightly together, indicating an earlier date of...

sw01150 - $6,500

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A Classical Mahogany Drop Leaf Table, probably Boston, c.1820

This table is composed of the finest solid Cuban mahogany, all of single board construction; nothing is joined or glued up.  Note the dramatic figuring or striping in the wood; it’s the best of the best.   The drawer is flanked by columns, giving a degree of dimension, and the original pull is exceptional.   The table is supported by three deeply shaped legs, which, when used, give ample leg room, and the casters are quite elaborate and uncommon.   Above is a beautifully turned column...

sw02040 - $5,800

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A Queen Anne Mahogany Fire Screen, Salem, c.1760-90

Few fire screens of solid mahogany have survived.  A closely related screen is exhibited in the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, and another example is illustrated by the Israel Sack Collection (shown below).  This table has the traditional urn and folding candle shelf all above its pad feet. Note the beautiful figure in the solid mahogany oval screen.  Here, the best wood was saved for the viewing.   The finial appears original. Height: 53 in.  Depth/Width: 18 in.

sw01033 - $6,500

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A Large Federal / Classical Giltwood Eglomise Mirror, Probably Boston, c.1810-1820

The most sought after of these American federal mirrors are those with original eglomise (reverse painted) mirrors.   This one has its original glass, (top and bottom), and is of very large size.  The painting is in fine condition and the giltwood freshened up as needed.  There are no repairs or alterations whatsoever.   The column detail is very well developed and of a fine, earlier aesthetic, delicate in treatment, especially as worked on the opposing sides of the reverse painting. This...

sw02059 - $22,000

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A Fine Concave Mahogany Federal / Sheraton Dressing / Writing Table, Salem, MA, attributed to Samuel McIntyre and Circle, c.1800-10

This is an excellently executed one drawer writing table of the best caliber produced by the Salem woodworking school.  Starting with the top, note that it is a single unjoined board of fabulously striped mahogany.  The edges of the top are finely reeded and the convex shape of the drawer is a rarity and exceptional in design.   Also notice that block ends have evolved into ovolo corners, over the trademark McIntrye acanthus leaves, all of which are beautifully carved and retain an early...

sw02057 - $25,000

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A Classical Mahogany Triple Elliptic "Trick Leg" Table, Duncan Phyfe and/or Circle, New York, c.1810

There are many variations on this table, and one of the primary points of connoisseurship is the shape of the top.  Some are demi-lune, (half round) and some have two elliptical curves, and sometimes even three, which this table has, to its credit.  Of the school, this table is utter simplicity.  We have used this table as a side table or almost a pier table, given its nearly 30-inch height.  Note the apron disappears, and all one sees is a minimalist top with its two supporting battens on a...

sw00770 - $18,000

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A Chippendale (George III) Mahogany and Giltwood Looking Glass/mirror, mid-18th century, Probably English, with Prince of Wales Feathers

This is a good-sized top of the line Chippendale mirror with a substantial and beautifully carved Prince of Wales feathers finial which, although pursued by some, is not as commonly found as the eagle.  It has a good sized scroll pediment with clearly carved rosettes.   The side arms are fully carved and the mahogany is consistent to an historic patina revealing warmth and history. Furthermore, it retains its original backboard and glass.  It is a fine example of the form, in superb...

sw02052 - $18,500

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A Grand Chippendale Mahogany Desk with Amphitheater Interior, Oxbow Front, and Claw and Ball Feet, Boston, c.1780

This desk is composed of dark purple Cuban mahogany and is quite heavy.  Its drawers are oxbow in form, and are molded from solid mahogany logs.  The desk is supported by four magnificently carved claw and ball feet, and lend a heft to its countenance.  The brasses are heavily molded, and original, including its carrying handles.  And to top all of this off, it exhibits the amphitheater style interior, which is probably one of the most desired of all forms.  Note the close-up of the drawers...

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A Fine Classical Mahogany Card/Games Table with Crossed Lyres attributed to Joseph B. Barry, (1757-1838), Philadelphia, PA c.1820

This card table is an exceptional example of American Classical design, with highly skilled carving and reminiscent of work being done in New York during the late Phyfe period and the work done in New York by the Vose makers, etc. Note the quality of the lyre and the carved leafage at the base of each lyre.  The lyre sits on a double pedestal that is concave on all sides, reducing the heft of what could have otherwise been a over-weighty table.   All of this is supported on four individually...

sw02050 - $28,000

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A Federal Mahogany Classical/Sheraton serving table, Salem, MA, Joseph McIntire, c.1815-20

This server is of small scale and makes a commanding presence.  It comes out of the Salem cabinetmaking concern of the McIntyre family, which employed both father and son, and involves apprentices working with or on their own in this coastal seaport during the first quarter of the 18th century. Note the beautifully carved colonettes and strongly reeded legs.  The turret corners are reeded at the edge and nicely turned on top, revealing its old surface in the turnings.  This is the...

sw02046 - $28,000

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A Grand Large Girandole Mirror, American or English, c.1810 Provenance: Wayne Pratt

This is a very elegant girandole that has a very vertical aspect to it.  Note the eagle, which is beautifully carved, sitting on a very high plinth above a robust and well carved spray of leafage, conforming to bracket carved leafage below the mirror.  It has many gilt balls in close sequence, which arrangement is generally found on earlier girandoles, and retains its original gilt surface and early mirror.  This mirror came out of Wayne Pratt's estate sale.  Wayne was a dealer of great...

sw01162 - $26,000

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A Chippendale Mahogany Serpentine Tilt-Top Tea Table, MA, c. 1770-80

Colonial Tilt Top tables, tended, as a rule, to be round.  These were also produced in a square form, of which some, like this example, had serpentine edged "square" tops.  The top is of single board fine, closed-grain mahogany with a refined molded edge, and retains its original latch and catch with no repairs or restorations.  The mahogany has a mellow amber glow, and the legs are well-shaped with strongly defined claw and ball feet.  The claw and ball foot was an extra, the vast majority...

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A Commanding Mahogany Serpentine Front Chippendale Bureau, Boston, c.1750, circle of Benjamin Frothingham

This is a most impressive piece, the best of what came out of Boston in the last quarter of the 18th century.  It is exceptional in the proportion of the elegant serpentine aristocratic form of its drawers, to the bold claw and ball feet on well defined legs.  As such, the legs give this chest a lively, sprung look which is balanced by a top with a generous overhang, all of which gives this chest a very gracious look in a rather compact 36 in wide case. The mahogany is a beautiful muted tone...

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An Oak, William & Mary Lowboy/Dressing Table with original brass and finial, England, c.1680/1700

This is a beautifully executed table with a very gracious overhang and beautifully turned legs which retain their original bun feet, stretchers, and finial.  In addition, the brasses are first, so this is quite a rare piece to find in this condition.  The surface is an old historic one that has been waxed through the years.  The apron is beautifully developed and retains its original edge moldings,etc.  Also note the top retains no additional reinforcement; only the pegs that were originally...

sw02048 - $22,000

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A Magnificent Highly Carved Classical Mahogany 4 Poster Bed, Massachusetts, c.1820

Provenance: Ansel Gibbs (b.1773 - d.1835) of Fairhaven, MA: Shipmaster, Merchant, and Justice of the Peace. Deaccessioned from New Bedford Whaling Museum . This bed is composed of heavy, dense mahogany, profusely carved on all posts, terminating in magnificent pineapples.  Of particular interest is the headboard, with the classical swag motif done in a provincial manner, as interpreted from desirable New York examples.  The original owner, no doubt, was a man of means and taste and the bed...

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A Fine Classical Mahogany Drop Leaf Table with Crossed Lyres attributed to Joseph B. Barry, (1757-1838), Philadelphia, PA c.1820

There are drop leaf tables and there are drop leaf tables of the same ...

sw02045 - $28,000

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A Monumental Gilt Pier Mirror with Reverse Painting, with American Eagle, Probably American, c.1800

This is an important eglomise pier mirror with giltwood frame.  The large scale and dramatic proportions of this mirror are enhanced by a fine eglomise glass panel in the frieze depicting an American Eagle clutching a banner reading  "E Pluribus Unum" and flanking oak leaf rosettes. What makes this mirror extra special is its original reverse painted glass with the American eagle.  (The plate is restored.)  Considering its grand size, it probably came out of a fabulous mansion or public...

sw02044 - $28,000

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A Pair of Classical Carved Giltwood Girandole Mirrors, English or American, 1815-1830, Provenance Ginsburg/Levy

These giltwood looking glasses are a genuine pair original to each other.  Note the detailed eagle carvings positioned in opposition to each other; this is the the sign of a real pair.  While somewhat austere, this pair is quite classical and makes an elegant, restrained statement.   However, upon close examination one will notice that the eagles are superbly carved (see detail below).   This pair has no alterations or breaks and the gold leaf has been freshened up to make them ready to...

sw02042 - $26,500

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A Rare Diminutive (26" width) Mahogany Hepplewhite Desk with Tambour Doors, MA, c.1795, possibly John Seymour, Provenance: John Walton

It is most rare to find a desk of this size; it was obviously a ...

sw01201 - $18,500

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A Regency/ late Sheraton Mahogany Chamber Writing-Table, Attributed to Gillows, England, c. 1810

This table is often associated with a legislator's table, which it could easily be (or perhaps was).  What makes this table quite interesting is, aside from the large service drawer, there is a hinged flap, which opens to a fitted compartment. Below is a conforming apron with a long drawer that has single cock beading. The corners of the case have applied molded rectangular reserves and sit atop ring-turned, reeded, and tapered legs with ball feet and casters. The top is a beautifully figured...

sw01166 - $24,000

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An Inlaid Mahogany Hepplewhite Demi-lune Card Table with Five Legs, Newport, RI, School of John Townsend and/or Contemporary, c.1800

This card table is quintessential Newport with the inlaid bookend moldings, oval patera, and checkered & line inlay (see detailed images).   Also note the developed concave edge moldings on the leaves, a mark of superior craftsmanship and attention to detail seen on some Newport tables.  A rare and desirable feature also closely associated with Newport cabinetry is the five leg design, seen here with matching string and banding inlay. This card table is a very fine example of federal...

sw00691 - $24,500

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An Elegant Mahogany Hepplewhite Bowfront inlaid Bureau attributed to Abiel White, Weymouth MA, 1785-95

This bureau of desirable moderate size (36 in. wide) relies on its inlay and figured mahogany for embellishment.  The bowfront form with the use of inlays is quintessential Hepplewhite in formula.  This chest has a very high lift with feet pointing to the work of Abiel White and discussed in detail in Brock Jobe's recent book, "Harbor and Home, Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710–1850" by Brock Jobe et al. (See below for the discussion of White's work.) Note the solid mahogany...

sw02043 - $18,500

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A Magnificent Mahogany Chippendale English Tall Case Clock with Tides, Bristol, England, Thomas Pierce, c.1760-80

This clock is composed of heavy, dense, striped Cuban mahogany.  Note the wood quality of the large midsection door and the base panel.  Additionally, the double stepped hood hearkens to a slightly earlier time-frame and the blind fretwork is additional testifying to the stateliness and quality of this clock.    The fluted columns, and brass capitals are all original.  Also note the fluted column corners below.  The movement has the seldom found tide feature and the dial itself is as...

sw02039 - $24,000

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A Mahogany Serpentine Chest of Drawers, Newport, c.1780

This serpentine bureau is composed of strongly figured dense Cuban mahogany.  The drawer fronts are carved out of solid logs and all surfaces, i.e. the top and sides, are strongly figured and vibrant.  (See attached images of the top and sides.)  Newport tradition is quite restrained but magnificent in execution.  Note the very fine Newport dovetails.  The brasses are all original and the feet are quintessential Newport ogee bracket in its form.  Many of these bureaus are quite large but...

sw01014 - $28,500

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A Classical Giltwood Girandole Mirror with Seahorse and Dolphins, probably Philadelphia, c.1830

This is a moderately sized girandole mirror with notable classical embellishments.  Whereas most girandoles usually have an eagle at the top, this one has the classical seahorse, above the traditional rookery, and flanked by spouting dolphins.   This is all high level classical design and the dolphin motif is seen on much classical furniture in our collection (see classical card table and classical worktable ).  Also of interest is that, whereas girandole mirrors are often surrounded by...

sw02041 - $18,000

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A Large Figured Maple Oval Top Tavern Table, probably CT, with Splayed Legs, c.1760

This tavern table is ideal for two people, given its generous size for the form.  The top is maple--a hardwood--which is unusual, as these are often pine.  The top has an old scrubbed surface that has been cleaned and washed through the years.  Note, it retains its original peg holes fixing the top to the base, with no additional reinforcement, as the original baton underneath the table has done its job, through the years.   The legs are splayed and quite decorative, as they are beautifully...

sw00943 - $8,500

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A Marquetry Freisland Clock with Automata, Netherlands, c.1800

This clock form, unique to Scandinavia, is one of the best and most complicated of the form (see attached basic models).  The case has beautiful marquetry throughout, and retains an older historic surface.   The beauty of the case complements the complexity of the fine movement within, which entails not only rocking ships, but interestingly, on the right side, a man with a fishing pole pulling a fish out of the water, and another milking a cow on the left.  This is as complex as it gets and...

sw02038 - $22,000

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A Fine Mahogany Inlaid Federal / Hepplewhite Secretary, Thomas Seymour, Boston, c.1805-08

This secretary, attributed to Thomas Seymour, is the best in the world of great classical furniture and is illustrated in John and Thomas Seymour: Cabinetmakers in Boston 1794-1816 , Vernon Stoneman, no.47, p.105.  The profile is a series of descending cases of increasing size and produces a lightness of silhouette, each with their original brass carry handles.  Note the use of the trademark ivory urn escutcheons the Seymours were famous for, which this piece exhibits such in abundance. ...

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A Grand Mahogany Classical Bed with Eagle Headboard, Southern, c.1830/40

This bed relates to a grouping of finely carved classical beds with monumental eagles.   We have handled one other such bed ( see sw01801 ).   Note the finely carved cornstalk posts; nothing was spared, and all four posts are so carved.   Also note the carved leafage details below the eagle's wings, and the highly sculptural shell below.   The posts are additionally smartly tapered and finished down to the turned ball feet.   Note that, in lieu of a traditional brass coverplate, which...

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A Magnificent Set of Six Classical Stylized Gondola Dining / Side Chairs with Lyre splats, probably Boston, c.1820/30

These chairs are among the most developed of their type in America during the late 1st quarter/early second quarter of the 19th century.  Note the side supports; how they sweep to the front legs, these chairs are heavy and substantial in construction.  Note the rear legs and the way they extend, the raised seat and the strikingly figured mahogany all speak to the classical motif of the time, and its revival. Height: 33 in.  Seat Height: 17 in.  Width: 19 in.  Depth: 22 in. 

sw02036 - $18,000

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A Fine Walnut Queen Anne Lowboy with Stocking Feet Philadelphia, c.1760

This lowboy is composed of fine, dense, heavy island (Cuban) mahogany and has a solidness with a finely sculptured and traditional base skirt, all of which is supported on beautifully sculpted Queen Anne legs with stocking feet.   Note the strong dovetails and the southern yellow pine sides.   This is traditional good Philadelphia work. The top has a noticable overhang and the sides have a sculpted drop pendant similar to the front.  The brasses are appropriate 18th century replacements. ...

sw02034 - $12,000

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A Strongly Figured Tiger Maple Tall Post Bed, probably Pennsylvania, Early 19th century

This bed is composed throughout of some of the finest tiger maple that we have handled.   (Please see the close-ups.)  What is also most appealing is the beautifully tapered vase and ring turned posts, the design line of which is most elegant; not too thin and not too beefy, but beautifully proportioned to its height.   Examining the lower part of the posts, one can see this was turned in a real colonial shop.   It retains its original framework.  The mahogany backboard is beautifully...

sw02025 - $24,000

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A Grand Federal/Hepplewhite Inlaid Mahogany 3-part Dining Table, probably Mid-Atlantic States, 1800-1820

This banquet table is a celebration of magnificent solid strikingly vibrant and ribboned mahogany wood, all supported on strongly tapered legs with traditional bellflower and satinwood inlaid ovals (see close-ups).   As you will note, the work is finely executed with line inlay decorating the apron and running up and down each leg. Often, the end sections (D-ends) can be combined to a smaller table with the middle section and its drop leaves utilized as an additional side table.  ...

sw02022 - $35,000

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A Fine Inlaid Cherry Federal/Sheraton Bureau, New Hampshire, c.1805-1815

This chest is beautifully executed and embellished with the top most desirable elements in this grouping of furniture.   Note the beautiful satinwood drop panel (and view close-ups).  The case is further embellished and supported by strongly reeded columns, with tapered/reeded feet, almost reminiscent of New York, Phyfe style furniture, so, one begins to see it as a classical interpretation of a straightforward inlaid chest. All parts and inlays are original to this piece, and also...

sw02024 - $28,000

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A Carved Mahogany Egyptian Revival Armchair, New York, c.1860, Herter Brothers

According to Robert Bishop in The American Chair , (p.387), the Egyptian revival movement received its impetus in America from "Cleopatra's Needle" which was a sculptured obelisk installed in New York's Central Park. Internationally, there was a great interest in the Middle East (Egypt) at the latter part of the 19th century with the opening of the Suez Canal, and many forms of art took eastern inspiration, i.e. Verdi's opera, Aida. Though this was a relatively short-lived style, forms of...

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An Exuberant Paduk Wood Armchair with Bird Motif and Floral Carving, China, last quarter 19th century

This Chinese chair has a fabulous back composed of two birds and intertwining leafage with arms that develop into floral bouquets integrated into the arm support.  Note the leafage falling away in the midsection of the arm support.  All  exposed surfaces are beautifully carved, and the quality is of the best.  These forms were produced right through the 20th century, and are of varying quality.  We have only collected those that are of top rank, and if all the included images are viewed,...

sw02023 - $27,000

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A Magnificent Carved Paduk Tête-à-tête, second half 19th century, China

The tête-à-tête form appears in the latter part of the 19th century, a Victorian motif that here is expressed in the Chinese style, and of Chinese workmanship. This tête-à-tête is a tour de force of the best carving, that is fully developed through the piece, seat bottoms notwithstanding.   Note the crest and the virtuosity of the carved lions, each with its own stylized anatomy and stance, each expressing an alternative to the other, not merely a repeated or mirroring design.  If this...

sw02020 - $35,000

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