A Plum Pudding Mahogany Classical / Federal Lyre Card Table with Gilt Mounts and Blocked Apron, Philadelphia, 1815-1820

This is a rare form, and is usually of figured maple. This table, however, uses plum pudding mahogany, a very rare and desirable mahogany variant. It is quite dense and sought after. This table is also special in that it has a blocked apron front. Generally these run straight across.

The condition is immaculate. Many have broken legs, etc. This one is pristine.  

This table is one of a grouping of tables extensively studied by Henry Hawley, Chief Curator of Later Western Art, The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art, January, 1988, Vol. 75, Number 1 (see images below).

These lyre tables are probably the most successful interpretation of the lyre theme which was developed from Boston down through Baltimore. This series of tables is attributed to Michael Bouvier or a contemporary based upon some labeled tables.

Height 29 in. Width 35 1/2in. Depth 18 1/2 in.

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