Frank Hancock, the grand-nephew of John Hancock (1737-1793); Waldo Adams (1836-1892); Clara Adams, daughter; Waldo Kennard (1876-1947), son; Alice Fraser, niece.
A nearly identical table base labeled by Benjamin Frothingham is in the collection of Winterhur Museum (see Nancy E. Richards and Nancy Goyne Evans, New England Furniture at Winterthur: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods, (Winterthur, DE: Winterthur Museum, 1997), no. 137, pp. 262-3).
Restored age cracks to top; top also with stains, marks, and scratches. One leg with a restored crack at top and one talon missing from that foot. One ogee curved end of apron with a 1 x 1/4 inch patch. The top portion of one leg, where it joins gate, with 12 inches restored. Two gate legs slightly loose at joins. Top replaced. 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.