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Premier Auction | May 19, 2023

Fri, May 19, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 646

Fine Rare Charleston Federal Inlaid Mahogany and Satinwood Card Table

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000

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

South Carolina, 1785-1795, D shaped mahogany inlaid top with satinwood banding, finely figured mahogany skirt with line inlay, tapered legs with bellflower chains and lily of the valley stained and inlaid patera, set on brass casters, white pine secondary with ash double gate, 29-1/2 x 36 x 17-3/4 in.

Note: This fine table relates closely to a number of documented Charleston examples with bellflower chain and lily of the valley inlay (see Rauschenberg & Bivins, The Furniture of Charleston, pg. 672-675.) This example, with its dynamic satinwood banding on the top and elaborate inlays, represents one of the most highly ambitious card tables to survive from Federal Charleston. Another very closely related table is in the Rivers collection of Charleston as referenced in the Moorehouse receipt.


This fine table has good integrity overall with some repairs and restorations at legs and leg attachments. One front leg retains its original facing but has been reset onto a later leg replacement. The other three legs have inset scars, presumably from previous L bracket supports, now removed. There are typical shrinkage cracks and minor repairs to skirt veneers, casters replaced, scattered inlay repairs, minor wear and finish distress to top

Moorehouse Antiques, Charleston, South Carolina (accompanied by copy of write up with price for $34,000); Estate of Lynda Miller Lipscomb, Charleston, South Carolina