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AMERICAN GOTHIC ROSEWOOD MARBLE-TOP CENTER TABLE, NEW YORK, C. 1850

AMERICAN GOTHIC ROSEWOOD MARBLE-TOP CENTER TABLE, NEW YORK, C. 1850

Rosewood, rosewood veneer, marble, pine and poplar. 29 x 36 x 36 in. Note: This table is one of several hexagonal, marble-topped examples squarely in the refined Louis Philippe style. These tables almost certainly were made in the shop of a French cabinetmaker like Alexander Roux. No table of this form is labeled or associated with a bill of sale. The principal motifs associated with the Louis Philippe style, often wrongly identified as Charles X, are magnificently arrayed in the Hollander table. The flat base with three trefoil feet is seen in many examples of American furniture and was a recognized hallmark of the Gothic style, although it sometimes supported tables, stands, and screens with Elizabethan or classical detailing. The six cluster columns with floral bud bases and capitals are somewhat ambiguous in style but certainly suggest medieval carving. Hanging inside the columns in a sort of clerestory area is a tracery lantern that had to be assembled and installed before the table was assembled. Both the columns and the lantern enter a large block which in turn supports two horizontal rails from which the six frieze rails are suspended. The frieze is worked in another characteristic Louis Philippe motif that was much copied in England and America, the clipped ogival arcade with turned pendants and corner turrets. Other fine details of the table include reel and arch moldings. Not all New York Gothic furniture with Louis Philippe traits was made by French cabinet makers. English and German competitors incorporated some of the ornamental vocabulary of French furniture in their production models by mid-1840's, but these makers rarely achieved the sophisticated effects seen here, nor did they lavish as much fine workmanship on their products. The Hollander table represents a high point in New York City production between the waning of late classical and early mannerist (pillar and scroll) style and the triumph of the rococo revival in the 1850s. - Robert F. Trent.

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
Hammer Price
$25,000
04/02/2016

 

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