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American & Western Auction | March 8, 2024

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Lot 586

Rare Pair of American Classical Cut Glass Mounted and Gilt Stenciled Burlwood Pier Tables

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000

Bid Increments

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$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, circa 1825-1835, burlwood (possibly burr oak), original shaped marble top over an arched tympanum with stenciled lower border, columnar supports with diamond cut glass capitals and bases, mirrored back flanked by carved and parcel gilt pilasters, ebonized paw feet surmounted by giltwood acanthine scrolls, consignor notes indicate that the top of one foot is signed "J. YOUNG" (foot not removed to confirm this), 37 x 42 x 18-1/2 in.

Provenance: According to corresponding documentation, descended in the Mitchell family of Port Washington, Long Island, New York; one table sold via Christie's, New York, June 3, 1989, lot 76; J. Michael Flanigan, Baltimore, Maryland, May 1991, sold for $35,000; Private Baltimore Collection

Note: The use of cut glass column capitals was an unusual choice among New York cabinetmakers of the early 19th century, making these pier tables exceptionally rare. Very few documented examples displaying cut glass mounts have survived, including a closely related New York card table in the collection of the White House, featuring identically modeled glass capitals, along with a figured oak veneered top—another unusual choice similar to the current lot and possibly the same cabinetmaker. See Betty C. Monkman, The White House, p. 256.

Condition

in a fine state of preservation overall, original marble tops with scattered minor discolorations and typical wear, professionally restored finish and gilt stenciling, cut glass mounts in very good overall condition with minor imperfections (not removed for examination), all columns each with two small patches along top and bottom of rear side, columns with scattered shrinkages and some veneer cracks, one table retains original backboard (other with replaced boards), mirror plates appear of the period, feet with later gilt and ebonization, one table with loss to one toe of foot, one table with small molding replacements to rear feet, other general wear and imperfections as expected with age and use

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According to corresponding documentation, descended in the Mitchell family of Port Washington, Long Island, New York; one table sold via Christie's, New York, June 3, 1989, lot 76; J. Michael Flanigan, Baltimore, Maryland, May 1991, sold for $35,000; Private Baltimore Collection

3/6 added before dimensions: consignor notes indicate that the top of one foot is signed "J. YOUNG" (foot not removed to confirm this),