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A Classical Mahogany Three-Drawer Worktable with Gilt Stenciling, Attributed to Haines and Holmes, New York, c.1830

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This fine worktable is composed of highly figured mahogany. The two front drawers are embellished with gilt stenciled edges. The top drawer is mounted sideways with a lock. The corners of this case retain all of their original gilt floral decorations, as do all other elements of this piece. The center urn shaped column is ebonised with gilt acanthus decoration. Four classic saber legs support this worktable with New York style boxy paw feet all of which are outlined in original gilt and acanthus.

This worktable is related to the type of decoration seen on New York casepieces, i.e. some of which came from the famous Meeks shop. One such sideboard in the Bayou Bend Collection is illustrated by David Warren of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (shown below). Thwo related pieces with similar embellishments are illustrated in Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Tobin D'Abrosio (a dining table and/or a pier table from this source are shown below).

Generally chests such as these have had losses to the gilt and floral decoration and this chest is truly a treasure as it is in all superb, undisturbed condition.

Height: 29 1/4 in. Width: 21 1/2 in. Depth: 16 1/2 in.
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