OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE: PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF PATRICIA M. SAX
This games table relates to several pieces of furniture made by Michael Allison (1773-1855), the accomplished New York cabinetmaker who made very fine furniture in the Federal, Classical and late Classical styles. Born in Haverstraw, New York, Allison is listed in city directories working at various addresses on Vesey Street from 1800 to 1850. He worked with his brother, Richard Allison (1780-1825) from 1807 to 1813. His probate inventory dated April 17, 1855 was valued at $27,860.55.
A mahogany worktable labeled by Michael Allison in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art similarly features finely articulated carved eagle shaped feet.1 The worktable displays Allison’s label with the address No. 46 and 48 Vesey Street and date of October 1823. Two card tables with closely related eagle form feet are attributed to Michael Allison. One was sold at Stair, The Estate of Joseph T. Butler, Tarrytown, New York, April 25, 2015, lot 516. Its mate from the Wunsch Americana Foundation was exhibited in the New York State Museum in Albany and illustrated in John L. Scherer, New York Furniture, The Federal Period, 1788-1825 (New York, 1988).
1 Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number 33.160. Marshall B. Davidson and Elizabeth Stillinger, The American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, 1985), p. 149.
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