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Premier Auction - Session II | November 12, 2022

Sat, Nov 12, 2022 09:00AM EST
Lot 704

Rare American Classical Dolphin Figural Piano Stool

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

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

New York, 1825-1835, in a remarkable state of preservation, with stenciled back and stylized dolphin carved supports, original red leather set with brass tacking, swiveling on a leaf carved support with pedestal base and lions claw feet, base with traces of gilding or yellow paint and verdigris, 31-1/4 x 15-1/4 x 15-1/4 in.


A virtually identical example is at Winterthur (1967.1937). Another related stool is pictured in Cooper, Classical Taste in America, page 266.


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: Clark Pearce; Property from an Important Boston Collection


probably original surface throughout, probably original upholstery with cracking and wear, rear stiles with probable repairs at curves (or possible retouch at lamination as made), one rear stile with early crack and screw repair, minor restoration and color retouch at one toe, swivel support fits loosely in base

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