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A Classical Mahogany Crossed-lyre Card Table, Philadelphia, c.1810

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This mahogany crossed lyre form was used in Philadelphia and New York. This card table relates closely to two examples with crossed-lyres that employ an identical, boldly curved base (or plinth) edge upon which the lyres rest, indicating that these tables were probably made in the same shop (see related scholarship) and attributed to Anthony Quervelle by Jonathan Fairbanks in American Furniture, 1620 to the Present. Also attached is a New York Phyfe card table with crossed lyres. Lastly, illustrated in the above attachment is a Phyfe Lyre Sofa with similar styled scroll feet, which is rarely seen.

The top is crossbanded with mahogany, which is supported by a skirt with similar canted corners of highly figured mahogany and a delicate reeded molding below. The lyres are of solid mahogany, as are the legs, which are also reeded at the knee.

This example is in a fine state of preservation with no restoration or repairs. It has been French polished. This table is composed of highly figured mahogany on its top and apron (see below). It is a fine addition to any museum quality classical collection.

Height: 29 1/4 in. Width: 36 1/4 in. Depth: 18 in.

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