Mary Blackwell Moore, Hopewell, New Jersey; Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, Fine Americana, January 29, 1977, sale 3947, lot 1181; John S. Walton, Griswold, Connecticut, April 1977; Vogel Collection no. 265.
This table is exceptional for its condition, diminutive size and turnings. Trestle-base tuck-away tables are a well recognized New York form. Typically, they have flat gates rather than turned gates supporting the leaves. The support leg turnings on the currently offered example are without equal within the group. Rather than the prevalent stacked baluster turnings, the turner here chose to use a cup-and-cone turning quite reminiscent of the leg turnings found on contemporary high chests or dressing tables. Also of note is the trestle base on this example as it is composed of two boards rather than the typical one and may indicate a development in design, as gumwood warps excessively and the the trestle being composed of two boards may mitigate the warping effect. For additional information on New York gateleg tables see Peter M. Kenny, “Flat Gates, Draw Bars, Twists, and Urns: New York’s Distinctive, Early Baroque Oval Tables with Falling Leaves,” American Furniture 1994, ed. Luke Beckerdite, (Milwaukee, WI: Chipstone Foundation, 1994), p. 106-35.
Overall fine condition. Appears to retain the original wrought iron hinges. Wear, discoloration and minor losses commensurate with age and use. Appears to retain traces of an earlier surface. Wear to the feet. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.