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Details & Cataloguing

Important Americana

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New York

Very Fine Classical Ormolu-Mounted Figured Mahogany Marble Top Pier Table, Boston, Massachusetts, Circa 1820

Provenance

Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York.

Exhibited

New York, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Boston in the Age of Neo-Classicism 1810-1840, 1999-2000;
New York, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Of the Newest Fashion: Masterpiece of American Neo-Classical Decorative Arts, 2001-2002.

Literature

Stuart P. Feld, Boston in the Age of Neo-Classicism: 1810-1840, (New York: Hirschl & Adler Galleries, 1999), p. 46, no. 13.

Catalogue Note

One of the signature forms of the Neo-Classical period, the pier, or console, table received its name from its typical use against the wall, or pier, between two windows. Pier tables were made in considerable quantity, ranging in quality from the vernacular to the true masterpiece. Although the form of this table is similar to that of tables made elsewhere, particularly in New York, the combination of several elements commonly found on documented Boston furniture of the period distinguish it as the product of a Boston shop: the chamfered comers, the squared beaded moldings, the ebonized ball feet, and the fine gilt-bronze mounts. The three bronze mounts across the frieze are variously marked "co" on the chariot (see: Stuart P. Feld, Neo-Classicism in America: Inspiration and Innovation, 1810-1840, exhib. cat. [New York: Hirschl & Adler Galleries, 1991], back cover, illus. in color) and "GA" on the flanking pair. Although French in character, their gilt-brass finish suggests that they were actually of English or Continental origin, and, indeed, Donald Fennimore has identified the "GA" mark as probably that of a manufacturer in Iserlohn, Germany (see: Donald L. Fennimore, Metalwork in Early America: Copper and its Alloys from the Winterthur Collection [Winterthur, Delaware: Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, 1996], p. 424 illus.). All three mounts appear on other Boston pier tables as well, the smaller ones on a rosewood example (see: ibid., p. 74 no. 51 illus. in color), and the larger one, bearing the same marking, on a monumental pier table also in the collection of Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York (FAPG 18069D; see photograph in Hirschl & Adler archives).

Important Americana

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New York