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Premier Auction - Session II | November 12, 2022

Sat, Nov 12, 2022 09:00AM EST
Lot 695

Fine Assembled Pair Philadelphia Classical Card Tables

Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$100 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $200
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,000
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000

attributed to Anthony Quervelle, circa 1830, each with rotating fold over top, each with figured and segmented top with rosewood banded surround and stencil decoration, set on carved and parcel gilt supports, pedestal bases with leaf and scroll carved legs with lions paw feet and brass casters, 29 x 39 x 19-1/2 in.


While these tables are nearly identical there are subtle differences in the carving, stenciling, and construction details indicates that they were not made as a pair.

Winterthur (1965.0103.001):

The Met (43.132.2):

Background on Important Private Collection from Boston:
I have been working with this collector for over 25 years, both in the initial acquisition of the objects and overseeing their conservation as needed. With a keen eye for quality and design, and a deep passion for all things classical, he has quietly amassed a top-notch collection of American furniture and decorative arts. The collection encompasses outstanding examples from the leading cabinetmakers of Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, representing excellence in form and proportions, condition, wood quality, and carving. It also includes rare objects that are among the best of their kind. Now, with the downsizing of one of his properties, the offerings in this catalog are coming to market to find new owners who share a love for this remarkable period in American furniture history.
Clark Pearce,
Advisor and Consultant to Collectors and Institutions

Provenance: Freemen's, Philadelphia, November 19, 2006 for $21,250 and the second also Freeman's, April 22, 2007 for $25,000; Clark Pearce; Property from an Important Boston Collection


Conserved by Chris Thompson in Salem, Massachusetts, with analysis of of surviving gilding and restoration of decoration on carved elements; both in good condition overall, gilding restored, typical veneer cracks and flaws especially at pedestal bases (one pedestal base with some warping and one replaced castor), minor chips and repairs at foot scrolls, scattered retouch to stenciling, minor warping to tops

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