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An exceptionally fine Federal sideboard, circa 1795

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Chicora Antiques, Inc.
518 Autumn Circle
Columbia, South Carolina

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An exceptionally fine Federal sideboard, circa 1795
A superior American Federal, or Hepplewhite Neo-classical mahogany and inlaid sideboard, from Baltimore or New York City, circa 1790-1800. The present sideboard is in a remarkable state of preservation, and contains no major repairs or restorations of note. The color and finish are choice and a delight to the connoisseur. The architectural plan of this piece comes directly from The London Cabinet Makersí Union Book of Prices, a widely distributed publication printed in three issues, all of which were familiar and used by American Federal or Neo-classical cabinetmakers during the years 1785-1820 on case pieces and tables. This graceful sideboard contains very elegant floral and urn inlays at the top of each leg style, accented with a light green background that was most likely made in the city of Baltimore, where there was an abundance of inlay specialists who exported their wares throughout the eastern seaboard. The sideboard has two serpentine doors that are flanked by convex, rather than concave ends. The dovetails on this sideboard are exceptionally precise, as are the general construction details, which is very typical of New York Cityís finest cabinetmakerís work, which was exceedingly competitive. With such precision attention to these details, and overall workman-like design, it is quite possibly that an attribution could be made at a later date to a specific shop or maker. However, attributions by even the most advanced scholar should be approached with caution and considered tenuous at best. With the lack of a makerís label, signature, or original receipt of purchase, no authorship should be made, or considered proof-positive. CONDITION: As has been stated, the sideboard remains in a remarkable state of original preservation, retaining an old, and mellow, amber colored French polished shellac finish. The top contains no patches and there are no notable repairs.

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