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A New York City Federal mahogany library table 1810
A very sophisticated New York City Federal mahogany library table, with canted corners, four spiral turned and acanthus carved supports, with finely carved projecting feet, circa 1810-1815, possibly made by the workshop of by Duncan Phyfe. It is imperative to clearly state that a number of qualified artisans in the city, such as James Budd, Michael Allison, John Gruez, or Charles H. Lannuier could have been the maker of this robust and prestigious table. The ebullient and lavish mahogany veneers and solids are dazzling and are clear indications that this table was the work of a superior New York City cabinetshop with proficient carvers and accomplished turners. A card table, made by Charles H. Lannuier, shows the same construction on the plinth base, which, likewise, has dovetail joints at the canted corners where the legs are adhered. The combination of the bold spirals and acanthus tipped colonnettes are refined features that are also seen on related tables attributed to Phyfe. Phyfe made a bed with this same carved details for his daughter, Eliza, with a similar congruency (Fig 1; Nancy McClelland, Duncan Phyfe and the English Regency, New York, 1939, p. 132, fig. 114). This table combines all of the finest design elements utilized by Duncan Phyfe in the early 19th century: A solid mahogany top, with canted corners, a finely carved water-leaf component at the tableís upper-tip support, graceful spiral shafts, and protruberent saber legs, which are surmounted with carved acanthus leaves above four lionís feet resting on brass casters. Costly features such as these would place this table as one of the most expensive forms available to wealthy patrons of New Yorkís cabinetmakerís. The table is shown in pre-conservation or estate found status and and glows with a deep and lustrous patina of age. Other than the brass pull, which is absent, the table is in remarkable condition, including the finish, that is possibly original.


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