DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN FURNITURE AND FOLK ART FROM THE COLLECTION OF ANNIE ABRAM AND STEVE NOVAK
The elegant inlay scheme is comprised of a top centering a large paterae with veneered sectors of crotch mahogany outlined with light stringing. The oval veneered façade of the skirt displays panels inlaid with garlands of bellflowers on the pilasters atop the front legs. The edges of the top and skirt are also inlaid with lightwood banding. The tapering legs are ornamented with graduated strings of seven bellflowers separated by dots. In addition, the legs are outlined with light stringing and enhanced with crossbanded cuffs. For a related Federal demilune games table from New York, see one of mahogany at Winterthur Museum with five legs, an oval veneered façade, and bellflower inlays on the legs.2 Another mahogany example of the form from New York with the label of Charles Courtright is in the collection of Gracie Mansion.3 Two other New York games with related inlaid decorative details include on in the Mabel Brady Garvan Collection at Yale University and one in a private collection attributed to William Whitehead (w. 1792-1800).4
1 See George Hepplewhite, The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Guide (London, 1794): plate 60, 61 and 63.
2 See Charles Montgomery, American Furniture: The Federal Period (New York: The Viking Press, 1966), no. 284, p. 322.
3 See Benjamin A. Hewitt, Patricia E. Kane, and Gerald W. R. Ward, The Work of Many Hands: Card Tables in Federal America: 1790-1820 (New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 1982): no. 39, p. 158-9.
4 See ibid, no. 37, p. 157 and no. 38, p. 158-9.
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