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Fine Late Federal Classical Mahogany Pedestal Work Table, Circa 1820

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Directory: Archives: Furnishings: Furniture: American: Federal: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 1317686
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A fine, late Federal work table. Classical design four column - pedestal base with four swept legs, columns and legs with carved acanthus leaf decoration, terminating in brass paw feet on casters. Supporting a rectangular case of two graduated drawers, the case with deeply concave corners, the hinged top conforming to the case in shape. The top opening to a lined writing surface, also hinged, opening in turn with an easel support providing a canted work surface. Compartments flanking and storage below the hinged work surface. Looks like the original lion mask brasses. Beautiful figured mahogany surface throughout. Poplar secondary wood. Much hay is made by collectors and dealers in attributions of pieces at this level. Sloan's Auctioneers offered a game table in 2001, probably from the same workshop, with citations of a breakfast or parlor table with related design by Duncan Phyfe in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a card table in the Baltimore Museum of Art (sale 913, March 2001, lot 227) [A copy of the Sloan's catalog will accompany this work table.] A dealer showed me another piece with the same type base (though not as nicely carved) and underside, also probably the same work shop, and attributed theirs as Charles-Honoré Lannuier. We will stop short of making a lofty attribution but hold out this table as self evidently excellent work. Good condition with reasonable conservation over its life. Note the slightly more oxidized lower drawer which was exposed to open air from the ventilated underside of the case. Circa 1820. Height, about 32 1/2 inches. Width, about 22 3/8 inches. Depth, about 16 1/4 inches. We are offering American furniture from our personal collection while lightening up in preparation for a far move - reasonable offers entertained. Purchased in neglected condition from a Washington DC consignment shop in the 90s and gave it the preservation it deserved in preparation for the next steward.