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An American Classical Mahogany Center Table, Boston
An extremely rare and important, possibly unique, American Neo-Classical Era Center or Library Table from the city of Boston, circa 1825-1830. This handsome table of single pedestal form, was apparently drawn from the designs of the celebrated English designer, Thomas Hope, who is given credit for his inception of the new archeological designs acquired from Greco-Roman ideals of the period. Hope believed that the pursuit of drawing to be fundamental in the quest for excellence in any artistic medium. One of his design drawings, which is shown in his most widely distributed design book “Household Furniture and Interior Decoration” published in 1807, shows an “Etruscan” table, which serves as a influential composition treatment, albeit, interpretive, as the source for the design of the present table offered here. A photograph of his table design is included as a scan for reference. The table has been on loan until now to the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, New York, from a private collector in the South who has chosen to make it available for purchase for the first time publicly since his acquisition. Several current and noteworthy scholars, including Professor Thomas Gordon Smith of the University of Notre Dame, have examined the table and strongly believe it is most likely the work of the Boston cabinetmaker Timothy Hunt, although numerous workshops in the city of Boston were capable of creating such a table, including Isaac Vose & Son (active 1819-1825). Lemuel Churchill (active about 1805-1830), Emmons and Archibald (active 1813-1825). It is very noteworthy that Hunt was most identified and well-known for his frequent and liberal incorporation of the “Anthemion” motif in his furniture designs which appears prominently in the present tables’ pedestal base. Anthemion is a Greek word for flower, resembling a honeysuckle, and was used to describe an ornament on a piece of furniture or architecture, and was much used in the Greek Revival Era in American 1800-1840.


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